“For more than five years, troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have been documenting their lives at war with small video recorders attached to the side of their Kevlar helmets. Through these helmet cams, personal brushes with combat look like first-person-shooter video games, though rawer and more chaotic and replete with real-life soundtracks of explosions, zinging bullets and muttered invectives.
On Dec. 8, 2010, soldiers from Alpha Company, First Battalion, 87th Infantry, went on a long foot patrol to the village of Haruti in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. About three hours into the mission, insurgent fighters ambushed them. For the next six hours, the two sides engaged in cat-and-mouse gun battles across rutted fields and around the corners of walled compounds.
An Alpha Company team leader, Specialist Michael Gannon, recorded much of the fighting using a helmet cam. He gave the footage to The New York Times and we have edited it into a seven-and-a-half-minute video which includes narration by him.” – The New York Times