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  • "A female soldier who once fought off a suspected Iraqi insurgent has won a place in the final of Miss England. Katrina Hodge, 21, will participate in the contest in July, having already won the Miss Tunbridge Wells crown.

    L/Cpl Hodge was nicknamed Combat Barbie in 2005 after being given a bravery commendation for saving the lives of members of her regiment in Iraq. They were held at gunpoint when their vehicle overturned but L/Cpl Hodge punched the gunman and took his rifles.

    She said: 'I was in complete shock at first. The force of the accident caused our vehicle to roll over three times and threw us off guard. As I came round, the Iraqi suspect was standing over us with the rifles. I knew if I didn't act fast then our lives would be in danger. I punched him and the force startled him enough for me to retrieve the rifles from him.'

    Miss Hodge, a military clerk with The Adjutant General's Corps, will go on to appear at Miss World 2008 if she wins the English title."

    - 'Squaddie makes Miss England final', BBC website, 12 July 2008.

    July 12, 2008