Hugh Keir, left, and Jared Cleary, right, were two of the Easy Company snipers under constant attack for two months at the remote Helmand outpost Musa Qala
Daily Mail: Miracle escape of the new Rorke's Drift Paras: Cut-off, surrounded and outnumbered - the incredible untold story of the 88 British soldiers who spent 56 days holding off 500 Taliban fighters... and survived
* The 88 men of Easy Company held out against Taliban for two months
* They defended Helmand outpost Musa Qala against 500 enemy troops
* Ministry of Defence previously banned details of conflict being revealed
* Channel 4 documentary will shed new light using the soldiers' stories
Outgunned, outmanoeuvred, hopelessly outnumbered and besieged in the Afghan desert, a small band of British soldiers chose to save a final bullet for themselves rather than fall into Taliban hands.
For nearly two months, the 88 men of Easy Company – a mix of Paratroopers and the Royal Irish – had faced the overwhelming force and firepower of up to 500 Taliban determined to over-run the remote Helmand outpost of Musa Qala.
And their near miraculous survival has been described as a latter day Rorke’s Drift, evocative of the 1879 siege in which 140 British soldiers held off a Zulu force of 3,000, later immortalised in the blockbuster film starring Michael Caine.
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WNU Editor: This battle occurred in 2006. If it was bad then and the Taliban were able to muster 500 fighters for the seige, I can only imagine how bad it is today.