In just 5 days, this footage from a helmet-mounted video camera strapped to a US soldier who was shot in combat has received over 12 million views on YouTube.
While most civilians probably wonder what the real-life experiences are of combat personnel serving in Afghanistan are like, this is the first time many are seeing it exactly as it happens. Turns out this anonymous soldier was struck 4 times, all while rolling film.
The bigger questions remain: Does footage like this glorify war? Since we don’t see any faces, and we know this soldier survived, does this just add to the idea that real-life war is probably just like a video game, when in reality it is devastating? Combat veteran Sean Davis’ story here on GMP, The Breech reminds us that what stays with you about war aren’t necessarily about the bullets, but the losses—of your friends and of the humanity around you.
None of that is shown here.
What do you think? Do videos like this help or hinder our society’s understanding of the true horrors of war?
Also read: The Breech by Sean Davis