A brand new podcast following former soldier and BFBS video producer, Darren Coventry as he talks to men and women who have received the UK’s highest military honours has been released.
On ‘Tea & Medals’, you will hear them describe the captivating stories behind their acts of courage, bravery and valour.
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You will also hear from those who witnessed the incidents behind these honours, who tell the story from their perspective and paint a fascinating picture of the personalities involved.
The tales are told in true military style, complete with customary armed forces humour, self-deprecation and a brew.
Episode one tells the story of Corporal Chris “Barney” Balmforth who was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in Iraq.
He tells how he fought off up to 10 heavily armed Iraqi terrorists and saved the lives of four of his comrades when his Land Rover was ambushed by rebels in Basra.
Darren Coventry was also there that day, serving with the Royal Military Police. He talks to Chris, his commanding officers and fellow soldiers who tell him what happened and why Chris’ incredible actions earned him the Military Cross. Darren Coventry said:
“Having served for 24 years as a regular soldier, 30 percent of which was deployed on combat Operations across the world, I knew that there were amazing stories of bravery and courage out there to be told.
“This series enabled me to meet some of the most inspiring yet humble people to have ever served in the UK Armed Forces.
“It was extremely rewarding.”