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Soldier celebrated for bayonet charge against the enemy

Lieutenant James Adamson, from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, has been awarded the Military Cross for his heroism in Afghanistan.

Soldier celebrated for bayonet charge against the enemy

A fearless Army officer with the Royal Regiment of Scotland has been awarded the Military Cross for his "supreme physical courage" and "calm leadership" in combat.

Lieutenant James 'Jim' Adamson, 24, then a platoon commander, led a bayonet charge against enemy forces that saved the lives of fellow troops while on tour in Afghanistan.

Lt Adamson has already been mention in dispatches for his bravery in service of his country.

But it was an act of heroism during an October 2008 mission that won him the Military Cross. His platoon encountered enemy forces and were soon separated.

He explained: "My sections were static but too far apart for my liking. I was positioned with the mortar fire controller and the interpreter to the north, 100 metres from each between two sections - which is a long way in the Green Zone."

As they moved up a shallow stream to link up with one of the sections, two enemy fighters emerged in front of them firing a machine gun. Lt Adamson immediately shouldered his weapon and charged, making short shrift of the enemy with his bayonet.

His citation reads: "Adamson's leadership throughout the day was exceptional. His actions neutralised an enemy flanking attack that could have resulted in his platoon taking casualties. Adamson's supreme physical courage, combined with the calm leadership he continued to display after such a traumatic and bloody experience was of the very highest order.

"They set the greatest possible example to the Company and had an inspirational effect on his men for the final hard remaining weeks of the tour. Adamson's actions on this day are deserving of the highest official recognition."

Lt Adamson said: "I was acting on auto-pilot more than anything. The nature of the terrain and conflict there means it is more natural that platoon commanders see action now rather than stand back and command."

His girlfriend Sophie Bewick who attended the ceremony with him said: "I'm very proud of what he did, although I did make him promise before he left that he wouldn't do anything dangerous and get a medal. And he comes back with two!"

Lt Adamson, originally from the Isle of Man, was commissioned into the Army as an officer in August 2007. He is currently a Company Second in Command with his battalion, who are currently based in Canterbury, although he is to be posted to the Falklands Islands for two months in a week and a half.**
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