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Video: This is How British Troops Recovered Their Fallen Comrade

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It was an extraordinary end to a tragic operation.

When Lance Corporal Mathew Ford was shot during an assault on a Taliban fortress in 2015, his comrades mounted a dramatic rescue mission that saw soldiers being strapped to the wings of helicopter gunships as they crossed a river under heavy enemy fire.

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The remarkable mission, dubbed “Flight of the Phoenix” by some, did not save the life of the 30-year-old marine who, it turned out, had died instantly from gunshot wounds.

But it must surely gain four courageous marines an honoured place in British military history books.

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