'I thought my legs had gone': British soldier survives TWO Taliban bomb blasts without suffering as much as a scratch

When Private Jordan Crowder was flung through the air after being blasted by two Taliban bombs, he automatically reached for his tourniquets.

The 20-year-old, who was on his first tour of duty, recalls the frightening moment he thought his legs had been ripped off his body in the two explosions that knocked him off his feet.

Amazingly he had escaped without a scratch despite the safety catch being torn from his rifle by the force of the blasts.

Lucky to be alive: Private Jordan Crowder of 2nd Battalion Mercian regiment, survived two Taliban IEDs totally unscathed and was back on patrol two days later

Lucky to be alive: Private Jordan Crowder of 2nd Battalion Mercian regiment, survived two Taliban IEDs totally unscathed and was back on patrol two days later

Danger: IEDs, like the one pictured, have become the Taliban's most deadly weapon in Afghanistan

Danger: IEDs, like the one pictured, have become the Taliban's most deadly weapon in Afghanistan

He had been making his way through a field in Nar-e Saraj, Helmand Province, with a platoon from 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, when an insurgent triggered the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by command wire.

Jordan, from Walton, Chesterfield said just before the bombs were detonated he knew something was not right when someone called to him saying a man had run behind a wall to watch them.

'The force of the first one hit me in the face, turning my head to one side.But I couldn't see anything, it was just black. The rear one took my legs from underneath me,' he said.

'I was just falling, and I remember thinking "That's my legs gone" because I just couldn't help myself from falling. It was horrible.

'Mentally I was getting ready to grab the tourniquets in my sleeve pockets. I was adamant I had lost my legs.

Cheated death: The brave soldier says he knew something was wrong just before the bomb detonated, knocking him off his feet and making him fear he had lost his legs

Cheated death: The brave soldier says he knew something was wrong just before the bomb detonated, knocking him off his feet and making him fear he had lost his legs

Incredibly lucky: Bomb disposal experts believe heavy rain the day before the blast meant the soil soaked up more energy and shrapnel than usual

Incredibly lucky: Bomb disposal experts believe heavy rain the day before the blast meant the soil soaked up more energy and shrapnel than usual

HOW IEDS BECAME THE TALIBAN'S WEAPON OF CHOICE

An improvised explosive device (IED), also known as a roadside bomb, is a homemade bomb.

The term IED comes from the British Army in the 1970s, after the IRA used bombs made from agricultural fertilizer and semtex smuggled from Libya to make highly effective boobytrap devices or remote-controlled bombs. 

IEDs are triggered by various methods, including remote control, infra-red or magnetic triggers, pressure-sensitive bars or trip wires.

Since 2006 the Taliban have changed tactics with their weapons. The insurgents began to rely more on IEDs than confrontational gun battles.

In January 2010, it was reported by military experts that Taliban fighters had developed a new generation IED, that would be almost undetectable, because it had no metal or electronic parts.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) caused the majority of Nato casualties in 2010 and their indiscriminate use has been blamed by the United Nations for contributing to record civilian casualties. 

But when he looked down he realised he had miraculously escaped unharmed.

Jason said: 'It was very strange but very lucky. It knocked out all my senses.

'You just don't know what is going on, although I could hear rounds coming down on us.'.

Bomb disposal experts think heavy rain the day before meant the soil soaked up more energy and shrapnel than usual.

Jordan was left stranded between the craters left by the mines. He crawled to cover as his patrol prepared to return to their camp which was just 300 metres away.

After getting first-aid at his checkpoint base, he was back on patrol two days later.

He added: 'You do understand the threat when you come here but you never think it's going to be you - you can't think like that. For it to be that close is a big shock to the system.

'None of the lads who saw the explosions thought there was any way I could have come through unhurt.Hopefully I won't experience anything like it again but I certainly feel like a lucky man.'

The brave soldier has another three months to serve in Afghanistan before he returns to his base in Belfast.

His mother Melanie, 43, is amazed at her son's incredible escape: ' I didn't know anything about it at first because he didn't want me to worry.

'I just can't believe it, someone was definitely looking down on him that day.

'I am immensely proud of my boy.'