A Hidden War Documentary Gem: The Battle For Marjah


a soldier walks through an alley of a battered afghanistan town to illustrate a blog post about the documentary the battle of marjah

Even though it is currently America’s longest war, the war in Afghanistan remains under-represented in the war movie world. Sure, we’ve had Restrepo, Korengal and now, The Outpost, but a little-known 2010 documentary called The Battle for Marjah remains must-see viewing.

It’s the story of a company of Marines fighting for their lives in the city of Marjah, Afghanistan and it will have you on the edge of your seat.

Counter-Insurgency in Marjah, Afghanistan 

British journalist Ben Anderson wrote, filmed and produced the documentary, which follows Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines as they launch a daring counter-insurgency operation in the city of Marjah, Afghanistan. Their mission has four main goals: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces.

But as all soldiers know: no plan survives first contact. We see the Marines come under heavy fire almost constantly, have a difficult time clearing buildings and advancing, and having to deal with the death of innocent civilians.

Just as with Restrepo, The Battle for Marjah gives the viewer a sense of what it feels like to be in battle: Bullets fly by and we hear the uncensored thoughts of the soldiers, up close and personal in this extraordinary documentary. Don’t miss it, especially since The Battle for Marjah is now available to stream in its entirety on YouTube!

The Battle for Marjah:

1 Comment

  1. broadsword
    October 16, 2012 / 2:54 am

    Sounds good, but I can't get the trailer to play. Is the link good?