Commando - On The Front Line [DVD]
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In Commando - On The Front Line, director Chris Terrill embarks on a courageous 12-month journey to Afghanistan alongside Britain's most elite front line troops--the Royal Marine Commandos. A division of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marine Commando directs the most physically and mentally challenging training regime of any military contingent in the United Kingdom, and only the cream of the crop gets through. This eight-episode series provides fascinating insight into the experiences of the 50 new recruits of 924 Troop--following the "Bootnecks" through their hardcore eight-month training period, right up to their arrival on the front line and first moments wearing the illustrious green berets in combat. The transformation of the young men is incredible, as is the footage obtained by Terrill, who got involved side-by-side with the boys at every step of the way.
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The 2 DVD's finish up by showing 2 of the 5 who passed out going to Afghanistan immediately to join a platoon who the film maker had been following as well as the trainee's. In that time the platoon suffer a fatality and wounded marines. It's a really really good look at Military life and it's done without any glamour and certainly brought back a lot of memories.
"an extraordinary, intense and life-changing journey to become a Royal Marine Commando. With unprecedented access to both the training and battleground, this series, first seen on ITV 1, captures the exhilaration, excitement and fear of 924 Troop as they prepare for the killing fields of Afganistan."
The Troop Commander shown shepherding his troop through the trials/tribulations of their training in these programmes is/was Lt Orlando Rodgers; a splendid young man who was romantically involved with one of my daughters as this series was being made. Tall, handsome, intelligent, a veteran of both Belfast and Afganistan; unassuming but highly competent, Lt Rodgers was every father's dream son-in-law. It is with the very deepest regret I must now report that Orlando was killed in a flying accident near Wimborne on Sunday 15'th May 2011, at the tragically young age of only 26 years.
There were giants in the earth in those days. Genesis 6.4.
The best part of this dvd is the extras, (well extra). This is where the film maker decides to get stuck in and do the training himself and at 55 years of age what he achieves is truly remarkable.
Me and my mate found ourselves shouting at the television for the old guy to kick it in the guts and get his arse over those monkey bars!
I highly recommend this DVD!
We have watched many other documentary-type reels of new recruits being taken through their paces - but this is by far the best (as one would expect from Chris Terrill). The DVD provides a no-holds-barred perspective of life in the training ground as well as on the front line, rather than the 'sanitised' versions used in advertisements for the various forces. Highly informative, this DVD is a 'must-see' for anyone interested in recruiting.
If you're trying to get or stay fit and losing motivation, watch Chris' own attempts to be awarded an "Honoury Green Beret". Simply excellent.
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