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ambushed in the Oruzgan Province, on 2 September 2008. A synopsis of Trooper Donaldson’s citation follows: “On 2 September 2008 Trooper Donaldson was outstanding in the manner in which he fought during a prolonged and effective enemy ambush. On numerous occasions, he deliberately drew the enemy’s fire in order to allow wounded soldiers to be moved to safety. As the battle raged around him he saw that a coalition interpreter was lying motionless on exposed ground. With complete disregard for his own safety, on his own initiative and alone, Trooper Donaldson ran back 80 meters across exposed ground to rescue the interpreter and carry him back to a vehicle. Trooper Donaldson then rejoined his patrol and continued to engage the enemy while remaining exposed to heavy enemy fire. “Trooper Donaldson’s acts of exceptional gallantry in the face of accurate and sustained enemy fire ultimately saved the life of a coalition force interpreter and ensured the safety of the other members of the combined Afghan, US and Australian force. “Trooper Donaldson’s actions on this day displayed exceptional courage in circumstances of great peril. His actions are of the highest accord and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the Special Operations Command, the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.” The Victoria Cross was created by Queen Victoria in 1856 and made retrospective to 1854 to cover the period of the Crimea War. Until the Victoria Cross for Australia was created in 1991, Australians were eligible for the UK Victoria Cross and other awards under the Imperial system of honours. The Imperial Victoria Cross has been awarded to 96 Australians. Ninety-one received the Victoria Cross, while serving with Australian forces and five Australians received the award while serving with South African and British units. Australians were first recognised for their gallantry in the Boer War and more recently during the Vietnam War. Australians have been awarded the Victoria Cross in the following conflicts: 6 in the Boer War 18991902; 64 in World War I, 1914-1918 (nine of the crosses awarded were for Australians at Gallipoli); 2 in North VIEWS NEW AND REVIEWS Russia 1919; 20 in World War II 1939-1945; 4 in Vietnam 1962-1972. The Victoria Cross for Australia was instituted in the Australian honours system by Letters Patent on 15 January 1991. It replaced the British or Imperial Victoria Cross. Trooper Donaldson has been awarded the first Victoria Cross for Australia.— Courtesy ADoD tHe eneMIeS lISt David Codrea have a rule I tell every author who sends me a book to review: I only write good ones. If I don’t care for it, I’ll decline to say anything. I figure it’s not my place to crush someone else’s labor of love. So I ventured into Matthew Bracken’s latest offering, Foreign Enemies and Traitors, with a bit of trepidation. After all, I’d written reviews in this magazine for the two prior volumes in his trilogy, Enemies Foreign and Domestic (Nov. 2005) and Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista (Feb. 2007). I called the former “a thrilling first novel… one that engages, grips and doesn’t I BATTLE CALL 1-800-LEUPOLD OR VISIT WWW.LEUPOLD.COM — portland, oregon, u.s.a.— HARDENED THERE ARE MORE LONG-RANGE LEUPOLD TACTICAL OPTICS CURRENTLY IN SERVICE WITH THE U.S. MILITARY THAN ANY OTHER. OVER 600 OREGON-BASED LEUPOLD EMPLOYEES STAND READY TO DESIGN, ENGINEER, AND MANUFACTURE RUGGED, PRECISE OPTICS TO YOUR DEMANDING SPECIFICATIONS. 66 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JUNE 2010