Katrina Hodge - The Combat Barbie Of UK
Born and raised in Tunbridge Wells, she was educated from age 15 at the BRIT
School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon.
Challenged by her older brother to join the Army, she signed up aged 17. After
basic training she was assigned to the Royal Anglian Regiment but is a member of
the Adjutant Generals Corps. She reported for duty at their barracks in
Winchester, Hampshire, wearing kitten heels, false eyelashes and with her
clothes in a pink suitcase, earning her the nickname Combat Barbie.
She rose to fame after it was reported in the British papers in 2005 that she
had earned a commendation for her bravery whilst serving with the Royal Anglian
Regiment in Iraq for wrestling two rifles from a prisoner following a road
traffic accident and then flooring him with her bare hands - thus saving lives
of her comrades. She was promoted to Lance Corporal.