The death of a UK tank commander killed by "friendly fire" was due to an "unforgivable" delay in providing body armour to troops, a coroner has said.
Sgt Roberts was the first British soldier killed in action in Iraq
Sgt Steve Roberts, 33, was shot outside the town of Az Zubayr in southern Iraq on 24 March 2003.
Oxfordshire assistant deputy coroner Andrew Walker recorded a narrative verdict, saying there had been "serious failings" in the supply chain.
The inquest heard Sgt Roberts had to give up armour because of shortages.