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This review is from: Iraq Raw: The Tuttle Tapes (Amazon Instant Video)
I liked The War Tapes much better than this. While I am thankful for their service and I did learn more about their 'day in the life', the film contained no close engagements. Since I was unable to serve, I like to know what it was like. The heavy fighting was cut or left out, I assume under orders.
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Initial post: May 3, 2012 1:27:21 AM PDT
Posted on Jul 7, 2014 2:32:19 AM PDT
B. Tanner says:
It's not all like a Hollywood action movie. I served two deployments to Iraq as an Infantryman in the Army to some of the worst places in and around Baghdad, Maqmoudiya, Lutufiya, Yusifiya, and pretty much every SW neighborhood of Baghdad. I went on patrols and raids off the fob nearly every day of my nearly two years over there in 2003-04 and 2006. But the vast majority of my time and my fellow Infantrymen's time was long boring sessions fighting off heat stroke and complacency while we searched for the hidden IED that would kill or mutilate us at any moment. Sure we got shot at and mortared but those times were more the exception rather than the norm. Even while in Maqmoudiyah and those towns labeled the Triangle of Death where we were mortared like clockwork twice a day for the first month or so that we were there until we could disrupt and eliminate the perps sufficiently enough that they stopped, however that was more routine than blockbuster action movie. If you really want to know what it's like to serve pay more attention to the long boring parts of the documentaries than you do the action parts. Because when you serve and the potential for death becomes routine and the stress of dying at anytime builds up over weeks and months the thrill factor of combat becomes barely a blip on your radar and you settle into a high stress fugue that is more akin to the frustration of prolonged boredom than it is to playing COD for an all nighter. Google the Washington Post story "Waiting To Get Blown Up" to see what I'm talking about. That's my company and platoon being shadowed by that reporter during our 2006 time in SW Baghdad.
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