|Table layout. Canadians enter lower left. Target in house with red poker chip|
|Crossing the irrigation ditch|
Carefully they all crossed the ditch. Pete on the SAW covered them as everyone scrambled up.
A splash and muffled "fuck"
"Damn it Carl, keep it quiet."
Everyone gathered in the shadows of an orchard wall. Stan sent Pete and his no. 2 across the road to cover the final advance from some ruins. He had just joined them among the rubble when the sputtering of a small engine and the blob of a weak headlamp made them all hug the shadows tighter and hold their breath.
Several muffled shots dropped the two closest guards. One fell with a loud groan and clatter as he dropped his AK.
|Assault team advancing|
|Marksman takes out sentries|
|Clearing the first building|
|Firefight in the street|
At this point both sides made a hasty disengagement. Sparky yelling the 9-Liner into the radio and arranging for a helicopter extraction as they carried their casualties out of danger.
Tom was VSA when they got to the Blackhawk. By the time they had returned to KAF cellphone chatter picked up by a listening post confirmed that the target was dead along with half of the Taliban cell.
For extreme coolness and bravery under fire while rescuing his wounded comrades which contributed to the success of the mission, WO Uchanski was awarded the Military Medal.
It was a tight game. I don't know if the Canadians could have done better.