Ben Roberts-Smith has told how he had to choose whether he would save two comrades in battle or be killed himself, on the 11th anniversary of the action for which he won a Victoria Cross.
Mr Roberts-Smith, who is suing Nine newspapers for accusing him of war crimes, chose to expose himself to enemy gunfire and save his comrades.
‘The decision was could I go home and face their families if I didn’t do anything and they were to get injured or killed,’ he told his defamation trial in the Federal Court.
‘Or do you go and potentially get injured or killed yourself.’
He wiped tears as he told the court of a moment when he had to shoot dead an Afghan boy who was operating a machine gun for the Taliban.
‘You killed a 15-year-old boy ……