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Army captain’s repeated gallantry honoured

April 16, 2013

Military Cross winner Captain Michael Dobbin, from the Grenadier Guards, talks about his experiences in Helmand during Operation Herrick 16.

Captain Michael Dobbin

Captain Michael Dobbin of the Grenadier Guards has been awarded a Military Cross [Picture: Corporal Steve Blake, Crown copyright]

Sitting down to answer questions about his newly-awarded Military Cross Captain Michael Dobbin, from the Grenadier Guards, with a glint of amusement, said:

I’m single, 28 and from Reigate, if that’s my ‘Blind Date’ starter question.

But after the introductions he quickly gets down to business, explaining the events that singled him out in last year’s summer fighting in Helmand province.

He speaks as only a polished British officer can: clearly, factually precise and dispassionately. He would rather speak of the actions of his team than of himself, and, when he does, it’s with pride and admiration.

Captain Dobbin commanded the Reconnaissance Platoon of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards Battle Group, operating almost exclusively in insurgent safe havens during a time of particularly savage fighting:

The area where we fought was forward of the patrol bases. The primary threat was from IEDs (improvised explosive devices), which the insurgents would sow in the treeline. When the crops grow, and particularly at night, it’s hard to spot them or the tell-tale markers.

The guys who go at the front of the line can’t use torches, as they would give our position away. They are phenomenally brave guys.

Continues at: GOV.UK – An honour to meet you

3 Comments leave one →
  1. mo3andjo7 permalink
    April 16, 2013 19:41

    BET HE IS NOT SINGLE FOR LONG!! WONDERFUL COURAGE AND WE HAD LOTS OF LETTERS FROM THE BOYS IN THE GRENADIER GUARDS ON ALL TOURS. WE THANK ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR COURAGE AND THEIR TENACITY IN ALL THEY DO. GOD BLESS FROM THE MO AND JO TEAM SOMERSET

  2. April 16, 2013 19:55

    how may we exprime our admiration for men such Captain Dobbin, who has made is duty a mission and is a symbol of troops on Afghanistan, for he loved done freedon to country and people? We may only honor and thanks, for no any other modality may exprime our sentiments and thougths. Honor and thanks are for admiration, heroism, humanity, dedition. claudio alpaca

  3. Jim Pidgeon permalink
    April 16, 2013 19:59

    A fine example of why we are the best fighting force in the world. Team leaders and team work form an unstoppable force where only the best will survive. How can we possibly lose with people like this, every one a winner. Well done Sir and your team.
    Regards from an ex Para.

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