SAS hero nearly ‘s *** ered’ as he took out Iraqi militias in high speed shootout
A former SAS: Who Dares Wins star has revealed he got “s ***” in a “hell orchestra” shootout with Iraqi militias.
Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton admitted he lost control of his bowels when raiders fired four AK47s as he escorted 12 VIPs from Jordan to the Iraqi capital Baghdad in 2003.
The 50-year-old former special forces soldier turned bodyguard said he panicked when two cars started following his convoy of four unarmoured vehicles near Ramadi, held by militants.
He said: “As he was probably about 20 feet behind our vehicle, all the windows started to drop and you could just see to the side as I looked, you could see the Arab headdress and you could only see the eye slits.
“As soon as I saw this, AK47s came out of every window of the car behind us … and they fired a burst.”
He added, “Now if you’ve heard an AK47 it’s pretty intimidating, but when you hear four it’s like a hell of a band.
He told the YouTube podcast on Mulligan Brothers: “I actually fuck myself.
“And I fuck myself for more than one reason, and it’s just the fact that – when you’re in special forces, you’re invincible.
“I can call in naval fire at sea for help – I can call in an air strike.
“And at the time, I was setting there thinking, ‘I have no one. I have absolutely no one … it was all up to me.'”
He said he was so overwhelmed that he started to freeze, but quickly regained his composure.
“I knew they were trying to get us to stop on the side of the road,” Ollerton said. “We had heard about these attacks before. They put them on the side of the road, they kill everyone, take all their things, take all their money.
“ABC News had photo equipment and wads of cash.”
Thinking on his feet, Ollerton, whose car was in the back of the convoy, made the “instant decision” to “aggressively” move his vehicle into the middle of the three-lane freeway.
Once the rebel car was beside his own, he increased his speed to “limp” the vehicle between his own and the convoy in front of him.
As he drove and held an MP5 Kurz machine gun – typically used by the SAS – in his lap, Ollerton turned to the rebel vehicle.
“I saw this young boy,” he said. “I could tell he was young because I could see his eyes. And he was wearing a headdress and his AK47 was slowly coming down to me, but there was a moment when I connected with his eyes. never his eyes.
“I’ve had scrapes before, but I’ve never been close enough to touch someone before I have to do what I need to do. And I really didn’t want to do it.
“And at that point, unfortunately for him, his AK47 was falling on my head – just like the guy behind it. And it was do or die.
“At that point, I gave the order to open fire.”
Ollerton said as soon as he made the decision to attack he raised his gun and opened fire through a closed car window as he drove at 87 mph.
“It was a mental moment,” he said. “Bullets rained on their vehicle, which immediately forced them to stop.”
He added: “We looked in the rearview mirror and the car had headed for the median with all the smoke coming out of the hood.
Surprisingly, the attack was exactly what Ollerton wanted.
He had meticulously plotted to be attacked to save jobs after his employer – U.S. outlet ABC News – threatened to cut his security budget at the start of the Iraq war in 2003.
Fearing for his future and the livelihoods of his colleagues, he hatched a daring plot to be attacked on purpose, hoping it would prove his team’s worth.
“I had given up everything for this job. We had all done it,” he said. “And we are all making decent money for once in our life. Lots of money.
“For me, the idea of this ending was not something I could conceive of.”
He added: “I just sat there thinking ‘what kind of events would influence his decision to reduce security?
“And that basically implied that we attacked each other.”
Ollerton decided to cross the Iraqi no-go zones of Fallujah and Ramadi to attract militants to attack.
After about 10 hours of the gigantic 14 hour journey, his plan worked. The two cars started to follow them.
As they walked away from the shooting, Ollerton said he hoped his plan worked.
“I remember looking up as we were driving at high speed,” he said. “All you’ve got is ringing in your ears from the loud bangs and stuff in the vehicle.
“I remember looking in front of the vehicle impatiently and there’s the chief of ABC – who came to assess the need for safety – looking out the back of the vehicle – just watching – and j ‘thought’ it’s done the job. ‘”
As a result of his actions, Ollerton and his number two, called only “Dave”, were greeted as heroes and a champagne upon their arrival in Baghdad.
In addition, ABC News signed a new two-year contract the same day.