First-Person Soldier Footage Brings Combat to Life in New Series Eyewitness War

War stories have been told since the beginning… But never like this. Eyewitness War takes you right onto the battlefield through footage shot by the men and women on the front lines, themselves. This footage, combined with their interviews about their experiences, tells the story of war from the point of view of the people fighting it.

Now, more than ever, members of the Armed Forces are recording what they’re seeing. Cameras are now small, affordable, and easy to use. They can be attached to anything from a helmet to a tank or machine gun, and record exactly what these soldiers are going through. Using these cameras, we get to experience the chaos of a firefight, witness the destruction of an IED, and feel the panic when a comrade has fallen.

Using only this footage, paired with the moving, first-hand accounts of the events, Eyewitness War brings the viewer closer to the front line than ever before. Their footage. Their words. Their War.

Watch: A convoy chases after Taliban fighters on motorcycles:

Tonight, NGC is bringing you two new powerful, first person combat series. First, at 9P Battleground Afghanistan looks inside the latest chapter of the Afghan conflict as seen by American Marines on the frontlines of the war. Then, at 10P, Eyewitness War follows the men and women of the armed forces through the chaos of battle with real-life, first-person footage.

At 9P on Battleground Afghanistan: First Contact, Capt. Ben Middendorf, company commander of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, must take his men into the most dangerous place in Afghanistan. Here, they must disrupt and destroy one of the last remaining pockets of resistance. West Point graduate Middendorf has not lost a single man, and he intends to keep it that way. Follow the 15-day operation that includes landing in the dead of night by helicopter with the Taliban waiting, and then patrolling the deadly open ground across the country’s vast poppy fields.

Then at 10p on Eyewitness War: Chasing Down the Enemy, Two soldiers push their vehicle to the limit while chasing down the enemy, who is trying to escape on motorcycle. After a hectic pursuit, the soldiers come face to face with the Taliban in a life or death shoot-out. As another team of soldiers patrols in the Zhari district, the Afghan National Army fires a few shots. The men pursue their suspect, only to realize they’ve been lured into an ambush. When air support can’t help them, they have to run for their lives.

Watch: Things go from bad to worse for these soldiers when they come under a U-shaped attack: 


  1. Johnny P.
    Southern California
    July 2, 2013, 2:31 am

    I am disapointed that Nat Geo is now in the business of fake/altered war shows. The video footage may be legitmate, but the radio traffic, weapons fire, and audio is totally doctored right down to the beep secure comms make when loaded with COMSEC. As far as those half-assed call for fires and gunship support goes, nice try. Why do that? The men narrating? Some appear to have left active duty since but the others? Are they supposed to be in uniform or aren’t they? And why no unit designations? I call bulls***.

  2. Corey L.
    July 7, 2013, 10:52 am

    The sergeant in “bad to worse” during the time of the video is an infantryman serving with the 101st airborne division and now currently serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with me so get your s*** straight before you call bulls*** Johnny p.

  3. Georeg
    July 8, 2013, 6:46 pm

    This should be a pretty interesting look into all the destruction that the war monger US robot troops bring to other countries via orders from their war monger superiors. Maybe natgeo can put a go pro camera on a few of the US tyrant federal governments armed drones, this way we can see the innocent citizens that are bombed to death by US war tyrants such as Obama.

  4. Billy B.
    July 17, 2013, 10:10 pm

    I agree with Johnny on the hack job Nat Geo did to the footage audio and their radio transmissions. He’s right. Nat Geo completely screwed up what could be a great show, why in the world would you put fake machine gun fire and completely stupid radio communications. Half of it made no sense and didn’t sound accurate.

    @ Georeg You are a complete idiot. Soldiers do what they are told so if you want to vent, vent on the politicians. If you want to see good drone footage killing Taliban, go to YouTube and search it! Maybe you learn the difference between soldiers serving their country and politicians. I agree with your assessment of Obama.

    @Nat Geo, you did an awesome job with BF Afghanistan, why not this? Take a lesson from the Brits and their documentaries like “Our War”. We want to see more of this stuff, but seriously someone completely screwed up these soldiers stories!