TWO drunken yobs tried to start a fight with three strangers - who turned out to be the military's most decorated hard men.
The thugs, who had a Staffordshire bull terrier with them, got a surprise comeuppance after hurling abuse at the smartly-suited trio in a street.
They had no idea their intended "victims" were a hero Royal Marine, an Army captain and a VC-winning SAS hero.
The louts pushed and shoved the three men, attempting to provoke them into a punch-up.
After ignoring polite advice to "walk away" they suddenly found themselves on their backs while their vicious-looking dog fled yelping.
L/Cpl Matt Croucher, 26, and Captain Peter Norton, 47, both George Cross winners, were walking through central London with Aussie Cpl Mark Donaldson, 31, after a reception at Buckingham Palace. Though they were in civilian clothes they were wearing their medals on their chests.
A witness to the incident said: "It was a case of yobs picking on the wrong people.
"After they ended up on the ground the guys just calmly adjusted their suits and walked off."
Janos The Anos
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