Recon Marines Use Fire and Maneuver to Repel Enemy Ambush
This is some of the more "intense" footage from a 3 hour long patrol in Upper Sangin Valley. The video begins just after Alpha Element is engaged in what turns out to be a small preliminary ambush.
A word about tactics:
The overwhelming majority of casualties in this area were from IED's. These were usually located in channelized areas between buildings and walls (where there was cover from gunfire). We stuck to open fields because it was easier to repel enemy fighters and treat gunshot wounds than it was to find IED's and treat blown off limbs.
*Side note: Names are muted for privacy, and aftermath footage was left out as a courtesy to both the viewers and the fallen (no Marine casualties).
only soldier who was on the road was injured in arm, nothing serious
Short video but high res
These vehicles are amazing life savers, believe it or not everybody walked away from this.
Package of U.S. Marines with 2nd Platoon, weapons Company, 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment inserting by helicopter across the Helmand River as part of Operation Western Storm in Kajaki Sofla, Afghanistan on Dec. 3, 2011. The operation was conducted to provide security for the Afghan civilians in the area. Produced by Lance Cpl. Jacob M. Lagoze. Also available in high definition.