He was alive when it went in – he wasn’t alive when it came out

A simple quote to describe the actions of Lieutenant James Adamson, recently awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in Afghanistan.

In his own words…

It was a split second decision.

I either wasted vital seconds changing the magazine on my rifle or went over the top and did it more quickly with the bayonet.

I took the second option. I jumped up over the bank of the river. He was just over the other side, almost touching distance.

We caught each other’s eye as I went towards him but by then, for him, it was too late. There was no inner monologue going on in my head I was just reacting in the way that I was trained.

He was alive when it went in – he wasn’t alive when it came out – it was that simple.

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