US Soldier's combat video viewed by over 23 million
An interesting, if long, article in the Washington Post today.
The video would be viewed more than 23 million times, making it perhaps the most-watched footage of the Afghan war. It began last April when Pfc. Ted Daniels pressed the record button on his helmet camera.
The device captured what he could see: a rocky Afghan hillside dotted with shrubs and boulders, a small village and no place to hide.
It also recorded sound: The pop, pop, pop of gunfire, and then Daniels’s voice.
“Hey!” he yells. “I’m moving down!”
The 37-year-old soldier pauses for a second and steps into the Taliban barrage, hoping to draw fire away from his fellow soldiers. A bullet kicks up a cloud of dust inches from his right foot. Another strikes near his left.
Daniels scrambles across the steep hill, breathing heavily. The camera careens from side to side as he looks for cover. He is kneeling behind a small rock when an enemy round slams into his rifle, knocking it from his hands.
If you get a chance, go and read the entire piece, because it is interesting from the perspective that the DoD is basically trying to stifle it. And they may have a point, although I wouldn't concede that. Either way, take the 3 minutes to watch the harrowing video: