Paul Jacobs: Injured in Battle

February 15, 2014
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Paul Jacobs: Injured in Battle
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Monday Matters: Music, News, & Interviews
Paul Jacobs: Injured in Battle
Feb 15, 2014
Jason McCrossan
Show Notes
Paul Jacobs, of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles was injured by a Taliban roadside bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan. In 2010 he collected the George Medal for bravery from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. From Ramsgate he spoke with Jason McCrossan about Remembrance day, the explosion which took his sight - the lack of care since leaving the army and how his family life and charity work has been his main motivation. He was five months into his first tour of Afghanistan in August 2009, leading a patrol up an isolated alleyway in the Upper Sangin Valley, when an enormous explosion from a hidden bomb killed a colleague. Paul was in the process of attempting to bring his colleague's body back to his comrades when second bomb went off that caught Paul. The second blast killed another British soldier and seriously injured Paul, who lost his right eye and was blinded in his left. Remarkably he was able to drag himself to a mine-free area of ground so that his colleagues could rescue him safely. Paul was left in a coma for three weeks after the incident after he was flown home to Selly Oak hospital, Birmingham.