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  • Directors: Chris Terrill
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Brightspark
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 285 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073QJ6K4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,073 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Award wining director/cameraman Chris Terrill, the only civilian to have won a Royal Marines green beret, embeds with the Royal Marines of 42 Commando Company during their 6 month deployment to Afghanistan. The marines main job is to protect the small village of Loymanda. Lima Company, posted to Checkpoint Toki, patrol one of the most dangerous square miles in the world, riddled with IED s and crawling with insurgents.

The Royal Marines are not alone. They rely on the Royal Engineers to clear IED s; the Female Engagement Teams to reach out to the Afghan women; and the extraordinary talents of the tracker dogs trained to sniff out explosives. But this was a cruel tour and not only did 42 Commando lose the lives of seven men, but the incredibly dangerous work left nearly fifty marines with life-changing injuries.

Episode listing:

1. Deadly Underfoot

2. Venus Fly Trap

3. Dogs of War

4. Kill or Capture

5. Brothers in Arms

6. The Final Reckoning

7.Extra: The Jungles (Not included in TV broadcast)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
This sort of documentary is ten-a-penny these days so there's a real danger that the message will become lost in a sea of low quality, opportunist, sensationalising rubbish. Terrill's five part documentary was aired, during early 2012 on Channel 5. C-5 is not a medium that I would automatically associate with award winning documentaries but Mission Afghanistan is in no danger of eclipse and it stands high, very high, above the herd.

The series follows the fortunes of L Company 42 Commando during a 6 month deployment to Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Terrill focusses on a number of the Marines and also on other soldiers, sailors and airmen (and women) deployed in and around the area or attached to the unit. Much of the action is based on a series of patrols in the area around their compound near the village of Loymanda, and there /is/ plenty of action. One of the tactics used by the unit was to patrol an area overtly purely to draw fire from the enemy, this being the best way to engage and kill the taliban fighters. For this reason, the deployment was a busy (and costly) one. However the series really does get to know the individual personalities in the unit and my wife and I found ourselves closely engaged with them all.

It's important to note that, while the ammunition expenditure is high, there's another story being told - one where the local population are being helped to rebuild their communities and businesses. It's hard to be optimistic: the resilience of the taliban is such that, when the military presence is withdrawn in a few years time, they are bound to return to re-exert their infuence. One can only hope that the civilian population have been given enough of a boost that such advances can be resisted.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pyrobee on 16 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
I should start by saying that i almost never watch channel 5 but was flicking throughout the whats on menu and saw a title that i thought might be a good watch. How glad am i that i did. Chris Terrill has taken a sensitive subject and a not so sensitive fighting force and married the two together with an unparalleled skill. Totally captivating story telling through out the series, showing the inner workings of combat soldier life.
He has managed to keep the tension level that the guys have to deal with every time they step foot out side their base without over dramatising the situation. There is very little positive referencing in the media of our boys on tours abroad and this gives people a window into the stress and dangers that our service men and women go through day in day out to help to restore peace miles from home.
And the last episode will tug at the heart of even the toughest out there!
Cant recommend this enough, and while your at it why not look at how you can show your support for our guys, girls and hounds!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Waller VINE VOICE on 13 May 2012
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I watched the series on Channel 5 and had the DVD bought for my birthday. It is really a follow on from Chris Terrill's series of 'Commando-On the Front Line' where civilians go through the training to become a Royal Marine Commando or 'Bootneck'. Terrill did the marines course other than he was not allowed to carry or operate small arms. I believe special permission was sought from the MOD for him to do the course with being a civilian. At the end he was awarded his green beret as he was deemed to have done the course as all the entrants had who passed out. Considering his age it was no mean feat. He is I believe one of only 2 civilians to have done the full course and genuinely earned his beret. He then went to Afghanistan with the same men for a while. This one is testimony to his courage, strength and will power in being able to take the footage he has through the dangers presented. If anyone has not got the first one he did I recommend it and it is cheap through Amazon to buy. If you do then watch that before this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 8 Mar. 2012
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I saw the Royal Navy program that Chris Terrill had done previously and I thoroughly enjoyed it and so I couldn't wait to see his new offering of Mission Afghanistan. All I can say is WOW! I was gripped on each episode and the final one where you find out what happened to 3 of the guys left me humbled (and reaching for the tissues!) . I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BB on 13 Mar. 2012
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I saw the series on Channel 5 - it's incredible, you can't get closer to the raw action and emotion than this! Chris Terrill does an incredible job getting into the skin of the 42 Commando Company and shows just how amazing these soldiers are and the predicaments they face. Totally recommend buying this, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sisabelle on 23 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I wasn't prepared for the emotional viewing that was Royal Marines Mission Afghanistan. It is the first time I have watched a programme about the conflict in Afghanistan and finally saw what we were doing out there. Whether you agree with the war or not, seeing what our guys and girls are doing out there, and the constant danger they put themselves under to try and stabilise the area is unbelievable. I would highly recommend watching the series and be prepared to laugh as well as cry!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By benjyp on 8 Mar. 2012
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I have followed this series on ch.5. Every episode is exciting beyond compare. I think the series comes across so well because Chris Terrill shoots and narrates the series in a way which is testament to the Marines understated heroism. It should be noted that Chris Terrill has produced some excellent documentaries prior to Mission Afghanistan. His amazing achievement of completing the 30 week commando course at 55 years old probably meant he was not regarded as anything of a burden by the marines and this coupled with his skill behind the camera result in this amazing documentary. Buy it.
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