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?