Recently I re-watched my box set of the film Band of Brothers. It is aging now, but Band of Brothers is about the 101st Airborne and their role in World War II.
I’ve always enjoyed it because it gave a taste of what war was really like. Sure, there is always a little Hollywood, but it seemed as though they tried to make it a real as possible. Then along came Restrepo.
Restrepo is a film about a platoon and their deployment to Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley from May 2007 to July 2008. The title name is the name of the outpost they built in the valley, and named after one of their comrades that was killed early in the deployment.
The film contains actual footage of firefights and the emotions they engender. As I look into the young boys faces in that film I realize how young the boys are that we send to war.
The film is very graphic, it is real after all. The language is what you would expect from military men involved in fighting for their lives. It gives a good picture into what those men experienced in a god-forsaken corner of the world. It has already changed my life’s perspective, and I recommend it to all that think war is glamorous.
It gives us another reason to admire the courage and strength of our military, while teaching me that war should be avoided at all costs, because the cost of war in the emotions in our young men is tremendous.