Life and Death in a Minefield with Kilo Two Bravo

*Note: This essay was published at War on the Rocks on October 28, 2015. It can also be found online here (or PDF). 

Everybody has problems. If you live in Park City, you’re worried about a fungus that dampens fall aspencolors. If you live on Mars, you’re concerned about growing potatoes with your own poop. And if you live next to the Kajaki Dam in southern Afghanistan, your problem is surviving a Soviet minefield. While the inhospitable peaks and vanishing air of a Park City or Mars might be out of reach, the film Kilo Two Bravo, which comes out in American theaters next month, is a one-way pass to the ever-frustrating experience of modern combat. And anyone with an interest in understanding war should buy an advance ticket. Now.

Let’s dispense with the details. Kilo Two Bravo is the Americanized title of the British film Kajaki, originally released in the United Kingdom last year. The film adapts the true story of a small British Army unit (call sign: “Kilo Two Bravo”), part of the 3rd  Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, that goes on a mission to shut down a Taliban checkpoint in September 2006. Instead they set off a landmine and subsequently struggle to limit the damage and save the wounded. Kilo Two Bravo is the directorial debut of Paul Katis, which has earned him a nomination for a British Academy Film Award.

Read the rest at War on the Rocks.

Author: ML Cavanaugh

Unequal parts strategist, assistant professor, wordsmith, runner, wine-o, reader, philosopher of firepower, and hopeless lover of three ladies named Rachel, Grace, and Georgie.

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