He Was

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On Monday we reported on the 70-year old retired British man living in Germany who was accosted by four muggers. Instead of getting the man's wallet, they got a harsh lesson when the pensioner opened up a mega-sized can of whupass and beat heck out of all four attackers. At the time, the post title asked if this guy was retired from the British SAS.

He was, indeed.

A 70-year-old former British soldier who fought guerillas in Aden and Triad gangs in Hong Kong showed four muggers how it doesn't pay to mess with the SAS.

Douglas O'Dell is past retirement age but the moves he learned as a volunteer in Britain's toughest regiment half-a-century ago stood him in good stead when he was ambushed near his home in Bielefeld, Germany, by four local toughs.

The former Provost Sergeant put paid to the danger on the street like he once took out bandits in hotspots across the globe.

THWACK! The first mistake came when one of the teenagers grabbed him around the throat and said in German: "Give my your money, grandad, if you don't want to get hurt."

"Bad move," said Douglas. "The only part he got right was grandad. If you're gonna grab someone from behind take their arms and pin them to their waist.

"This joker, I was able to grab his elbow, crouch down and throw him over my shoulder. He landed on his back on a fence and squealed like a stuck pig."  

CRASH! As one went down another moved in and Douglas thought he saw him reaching for a knife.   The Birmingham-born divorcee, who has a daughter and three grandchildren, said: "I had the measure of him but I slipped on some wet leaves as he came for me and bashed my face badly on the concrete.

"I saw his boot coming towards my face and I thought: 'No you don't, sunshine.' I grabbed his leg and twisted it until he too was screaming out in agony.

"Then I got to my feet and kicked him in the chest."  

Do read the rest. This guy is Great. One tough old bird.

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3 Responses to He Was

  1. Lars Walker says:

    No wonder he retired outside Great Britain.

  2. You called it. He reminds me of Sean Connery’s character from The Rock. Not that I’m endorsing a melodramatic Bruckheimer film, just the character.

  3. Gaius says:

    I love this guy. He’d be a riot to have a few beers with. And you’d be really safe taking a walk with him!

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