Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The video world in Afstan

I wonder when the soldiers will be allowed to put any of it on YouTube:
If, as the saying goes, a picture really is worth a thousand words, the images recorded by Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan could fill volumes.

Growing numbers of soldiers are now using hand-held digital video cameras to record their experiences on the frontlines, creating an accurate picture of what it looks and feels like to be in the midst of battle.

And the footage serves as more than just a compelling memento of an adventure. It can also be used to train new troops, providing the frontline experience to new recruits who are still far away from the battle zone.

Canadian troops in Afghanistan recently recorded their experience as they engaged in combat, later showing the footage to CTV's Steve Chao. The video was shot virtually down the barrel of a gun as the troops traded fire with suspected Taliban militants.

"You can see bullets flying by us right there," said one soldier, as they reviewed the video.

"Wow's that's close," said another, surprised by the proximity of the bullets being fired in their direction...

Sean Maloney, a military historian, said soldiers have the ability to capture history as it happens for future generations.

"I'm very encouraged by this. The technology now exists where we'll be able to capture a wide variety of experiences," Maloney said.

All in all, the footage adds up to serve as an accurate historic snapshot of the experience, and a moving memoir for soldiers to share their experience with family and friends.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting . . . I had a good chat with a couple of young soldiers manning a DND display at a local dragon boat festival last weekend . . . heard similar story and that the videos are being used at the regimental level

Told me the videos were really effective for training and have caused lots of arguments in exercises about how tactics should be taught/used. Especially between those who have "been there" and those who have "book skills"

Sounds like doctrine is due to be you-tubed.

11:19 a.m., June 19, 2007  

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