A former SAS: Who Dares Wins star has revealed he "s***" himself during an "orchestra from hell" shootout with Iraqi militia.
Matthew 'Ollie' Ollerton admitted he lost control of his bowels when raiders fired four AK47s as he was escorting 12 VIPs from Jordan to Iraq capital Baghdad in 2003.
The 50-year-old ex-Special Forces soldier-turned-bodyguard said he panicked when two cars started following his unarmoured four-vehicle convoy near militant-held Ramadi.
He said: "As it got probably about 20ft behind our vehicle, all the windows started coming down and you could just see down the side as I looked, you could see the Arab headdress and you just see the slits of the eyes.
"As soon as I saw that, AK47s came out from every window of the car behind us… and they let out a burst of fire."
He added: "Now if you've heard an AK47 it's quite intimidating, but when you hear four it's like an orchestra from hell.
He told YouTube podcast the Mulligan Brothers: "I actually s*** myself.
"And I s*** myself for more reasons than one, and that is just the fact that – when you're in the Special Forces, you are invincible.
"I can call in naval gunfire out at sea for support – I can call in an airstrike.
"And at that moment, I was sat there thinking, 'I have got no one. I have got absolutely no one… it was all down to me.'"
He said he was so overwhelmed he started to freeze, but quickly regained his composure.
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"I knew that they were trying to get us to pull over to the side of the road," Ollerton said. "We'd heard about these attacks before. They pull them to the side of the road, they kill everyone, take all their stuff, take all their money.
"ABC News had camera equipment and wads of cash."
Thinking on his feet, Ollerton, whose car was at the back of the convoy, made a "snap decision" to "aggressively" move his vehicle into the middle of the three-lane highway.
Once the rebel car was alongside his, he increased his speed to "box" the vehicle in between his and the convoy ahead.
While driving and holding a MP5 Kurz sub machine gun – typically used by the SAS – across his lap, Ollerton turned to the rebel vehicle.
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"I saw this young kid," he said. "I could tell he was young because I could see his eyes. And he had a headdress on and his AK47 was slowly coming down at me, but there was a moment I connected with his eyes. I will never forget his eyes.
"I've been in scrapes before, but never have I been close enough to touch someone before I've got to do what I've got to do. And I really didn't want to do it.
"And at that moment, unfortunately for him, his AK47 was coming onto my head – and so was the guy's behind. And it was do or die.
"In that moment, I gave the order to open fire."
Ollerton said as soon as he made the decision to attack, he lifted his weapon and opened fire through a closed car window while driving at 87mph.
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"It was a mental moment," he said. "Bullets rained down on their vehicle, which immediately caused them to stop."
He added: "We looked in the rearview mirror and the car had gone to the central reservation with all smoke coming out of the bonnet.
Shockingly, the attack was exactly what Ollerton wanted.
He had meticulously plotted to get attacked to save jobs after his employer – US outlet ABC News – threatened to slash its 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 purposely get attacked – hoping it would prove his team's value.
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"I'd given up everything for that job. We all had," he said. "And we were all earning decent cash for once in our lives. A lot of cash.
"For me, the thought of that ending was not something I could conceive."
He added: "I just sat there thinking 'what kind of events would influence his decision to downsize security?
"And that basically involved us getting attacked."
Ollerton decided to drive through Iraqi no-go zones Fallujah and Ramadi to attract militants to attack.
After about 10 hours of the mammoth 14-hour trip, his plan worked. The two cars started following them.
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As they drove away from the gunfight, Ollerton said he hoped his plan had worked.
"I can remember looking up as we were driving at speed," he said. "All you've got is ringing in your ears from the loud bangs and stuff in the vehicle.
"I can remember looking forward into the vehicle in front and there's the ABC chief – that had come to asses the need for security – looking out the rear of the vehicle – just looking – and I thought 'that's done the job.'"
As a result of his actions, Ollerton and his number two, referred to only as "Dave", were greeted to a hero's welcome and a champagne when they arrived in Baghdad.
What's more, ABC News signed a new two-year contract the same day.
Watch the full interview here.
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