This gritty B&W early footage of a Marine company is some of the most intense war footage I've ever seen. The sometimes dark and erratic footage conveys the confusion of war far better than the overproduced documentaries that followed.
Following a Marine company into an ambush, complete with hectic radio transmissions calling for medivac, there are scenes showing medics treating sick and wounded Vietnamese civilians and helping a young woman give birth. A great dichotomy.
This was filmed when there was still hope for victory, militarily, as well as in the "hearts and minds" of the civilian population.
The film has a genuine surrealistic quality to it; e.g., a flame throwing tank torching an empty village seems not of this world.
This film is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Vietnam War.
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