Legendary Military Operations: Operation Glacier Two - Marines Strap Themselves to the Side of A Helicopter

By Ethan Cole on
 September 8, 2023

In January 2007, the Royal Marines of 45 Commando, 3rd Commando Brigade, launched Operation Glacier Two in Helmand, Afghanistan.

The target was Jugroom Fort and, after encountering stiff resistance, the Marines withdrew back to their Forward Operating Base.

However, on completion of the withdrawal, it was realized that Lance Corporal Mathew Ford was Missing in Action.

Subsequently, a rescue operation, involving three Royal Marines, a Royal Engineer and four Apache Helicopters was authorized to recover Lance Corporal Ford.

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37 comments on “Legendary Military Operations: Operation Glacier Two - Marines Strap Themselves to the Side of A Helicopter”

  1. Thanks for sharing the story. It’s always good learning about those who go the extra mile and put themselves in harms way for someone else.

  2. The bravery and resourcefulness of the Royal Marines proves their training and culture are excellent. A trait of our own USMC.

  3. Thanks for sharing this story, most civilians don't know what our men and women go thru in a combat zone. These brave British Marines fight alongside our forces. They stand on that wall 24/7 so that we can live the way we do. God Bless them and Semper Fi

    U.S.Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran 1966/67

  4. It would be great to require all politicians, who have any say at all in military, or law enforcement funding, to go on a few patrols, or combat operations. Strapped to the side of a helicopter would be ideal!

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  23. As a Vietnam Corpsman I have great respect for all helicopter crewmen and their fearless effort to extract our brave men even when all odds were against them!
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  24. I can't remember hearing or watching a story of a soldier that didn't touch my heart deeply. I was so hopeful that Mathew was going to make it and when the end came my eyes just welled up. THese men fought a brave battle and did what they had to do to never leave a man behind. Too many souls have given their everything for soooo many who will never know. But for those of us who do know... we will never forget that freedom isn't free.

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