Afghanistan: The Soviet Experience – War Never Changes

first published on December 9, 2015 by

This is an excerpt from the documentary Afghanistan: The Soviet Experience made in 1989, and it shows that war really doesn’t change.

War never really changes, and this excerpt from a documentary made in 1989 shows that. It may seem mundane, especially to our viewers who have never deployed, however this was the daily reality of all three of my combat deployments. It’s amazing to see this clip from a Soviet perspective, and to compare it to many of my own personal experiences.

A lot of people who have never experienced modern warfare at its heart might not understand this video. Everyone that’s never lived it, thinks of combat in the three minute helmet cam clips we often post. While those moments of pure violence, and chaos do exist often, at it’s heart modern warfare can be very mundane.

War Never Changes

Photo taken in Afghanistan on route one in 2009.

I can recall entire months, actively operating in combat zones, where we never once came into contact with the enemy. Entire days where our biggest enemy was boredom and ourselves, not the Taliban. That’s why I decided to show this clip today, because every now and then it’s important for us to show the second face of war.

If you’re interested in watching this entire documentary, you can see it here. It’s actually a very good watch, so put it on your watch later list if you don’t have the time for it.


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