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A soldier has been described as "the luckiest in the British Army" after a bullet hit his
helmet but missed his head by 2mm. Private Leon "Willy" Wilson, 32, a Territorial Army
soldier from Manchester, was knocked over by the impact of the shot in Afghanistan but he
was left without a mark after the bullet ripped through his headgear. "The medic was
looking queasy - I don't think anyone wanted to take my helmet off," Pte Wilson said. The
father of three was back on duty within an hour of the near-miss.

Pte Wilson, who is attached to the 2nd Battalion was deemed by MOD to be "...officially the
luckiest man in the British Army". He was manning a machine gun during a fierce battle
with the Taliban in Helmand Province when he was hit by the 7.62mm AK47 bullet. "It
shook me up but there is not much else you can do but get on with the job you are out
here to do. I took my finger off the trigger when the shot hit my helmet," Pte Wilson said. "I
was knocked clean off my position and landed on my back. I had my eyes shut." Pte
Wilson, who usually works as an electrician, asked a comrade if he had been shot. "He
was just staring at me in amazement and swearing and said 'Yes'," Pte Wilson said.

Pte Wilson was wearing a Mark 6a helmet which is made from several layers of Kevlar
armour. During the operation in which Pte Wilson was involved, a bomb-making factory
was found and destroyed and several improvised explosive devices were uncovered.

The Commander of Task Force Helmand, Brigadier Tim Radford, said: "It may well have
been luck that saved Pte Wilson but it was bravery that put him back up on the roof within
the hour to continue fighting alongside the Warrior Afghan soldiers."

Private Leon Wilson was back on duty within an hour.

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