U.S. soldier’s helmet camera captures intense firefight in Afghanistan


posted Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT


The grueling footage below was captured by an unnamed U.S. solider's helmet camera during a firefight in the dangerous Kunar Province of Afghanistan.

According to a write-up below the video on YouTube, the soldier was hit by enemy fire but survived without permanent injuries. The helmet camera, however, did not survive.

"I got a hit a total of 4 times," the soldier writes. "My helmet cam died and i made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit. the rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn't start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety."

The video is part of an ongoing documentation of the war in Afghanistan. To see more footage, click here.

(Via Gawker)

In a similar vein, read our story about the Olympus camera used by a Navy SEAL to document the death of Osama Bin Laden here.