Combat videography – the personal narrative

Check out this Washington Post story: Looking behind the sightlines of an American soldier under Taliban fire:

For as long as there has been war, soldiers have sought to capture the unexplainable terror and thrill of combat. Previous generations snatched war trophies or snapped photos that they stored away in shoe boxes. In Afghanistan, soldiers have recorded untold hours of video with small cameras mounted on the front of their helmets.

Some of the footage is officially sanctioned for intelligence-gathering purposes. But most of the videos are intended as battlefield souvenirs. Several hundred of them have surfaced on the Internet.

The power of Daniels’s video lies in its ability to deliver the viewer directly to the battlefield.

It writes around this video as a natural hook:


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