02 December, 2012Reporter: Mike Willesee
Producer: Alex Garipoli
When Sunday Night first introduced Australian war hero Ben Roberts-Smith to audiences earlier this year, we had no idea the story would take on a life of its own. Amongst the many messages of support, Roberts-Smith found himself under intense media scrutiny.
Now, we take you back to where it all began and revisit the story that got the nation talking. Ben opens up about the details of the extraordinary mission in Afghanistan that led him to being awarded the Victoria Cross – the nation’s highest military honour.
In this emotional interview, Ben talks about having to leave behind his loving wife and twin daughters to fight in a battle from which he feared he might never return. In a gripping insight into the reality of frontline warfare, Ben opens up to Mike Willesee about the guilt he feels at being singled out for his courage, the best mate he lost in war, and the pain of being separated from his family.
As one of only four living Australians to have won the Victoria Cross, Ben’s is a remarkable story of the physical and emotional strength of an elite soldier prepared to die for his country.
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