...is the utterly compelling story of Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid, the British bomb disposal expert who died in Helmand Province last week while attempting to defuse his 65th Taliban improvised explosive device. Freelance reporter Miles Amoore spent time with Schmid in Helmand in the weeks before his death. In his piece for Sunday Times News Review, Amoore captures compelling detail that makes plainly apparent the intensity of Shmid's heroism. It is hard to imagine the courage required to approach a lethal, booby-trapped device without even a protective body suit. As the piece explains, Shmid could not wear the sort of armour normally worn by bomb disposal experts. It would have made him a prime target for Taliban snipers. So, to protect his comrades as well as himself, he felt compelled to work unshielded.        

His last lonely walk