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Sergeant saved his men from onslaught.

A hero soldier has told how he braved heavy gunfire to rescue two comrades left behind as they waged war against the Taliban.

Sergeant Steven Leslie, 30, noticed the men were in danger as the rest of their 36-man patrol dashed for cover in Afghanistan.

They had missed an order to retreat.

The recce platoon sergeant, from the Black Watch (3 Scots), about-turned and sprinted back under fire to alert the stranded squaddies.

He led them back to safety unhurt and was awarded a mention in dispatches.

The incident happened near Nad e Ali in Helmand province in November last year.

Married dad-of-two Steven, of Dundee, said: "Six grenades landed 10 metres away and we were on exposed ground with no cover.

"We also started receiving heavy and sustained fire and returned it with a general purpose machine gun and rifles.

"I realised it was time to go and yelled at the rest to follow me but they didn't hear.

"I was halfway back to base before I realised what had happened.

"I didn't think twice about it, I just had to go and get them. They were still firing as fast as possible and the noise was deafening."

Sgt Leslie's mention in dispatches was one of 107 honours announced at the National Army Museum last week.


PRAISED Sgt Leslie
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 30, 2012
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