Legion of Brothers

Synopsis: Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, fewer than 100 US Troops were sent on a secret mission to overthrow the Taliban. What happens next is equal parts war-origin story and cautionary tale, illuminating the impact of 15 years of constant combat.
Genre: Documentary, War
Director(s): Greg Barker
Production: Gravitas Ventures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min


- When we first, you know,

walked into the country,

I mean, you had the weight of

the nation on your shoulders.

You know,

we were america's response

To the most catastrophic

terrorist attack on u.S. Soil.

- Ever.

- Ever.

- And for a lot of us,

You know, we felt that we

had a responsibility

To the people that died,

To set the stage that you just

don't do that to america

And not pay the price.

It was about--

not retribution,

But it was about justice.

- What's that saying

About, "who will go?"

"send me."

- You know--

- isaiah 6:

- Sir?

- Isaiah 6:

"whom will go,

and whom shall I send?"

- Yeah, "who will go,

and who shall I send?"

Send me, send me,

'cause I'm the dude

that wants to make somebody pay

For killing my brothers

and sisters.

- I think we have to assume

That there will be

more attacks.

- The United States military

has begun strikes.

- Coalition warplanes have

free rein over afghanistan.

- The public, though--

I think 94% of the public--

Wants us to go in somewhere

and do something.

- U.S. Army special forces,

known as the green berets...

- The green berets...

- Inside afghanistan.

Those reports first appeared

in pakistani newspapers...

- Known as

the quiet professionals...

So secretive,

we've agreed not to disclose

Even their first name.

- I never spoke out the way

I felt like I should have.

- It was an american green bert

raid in the dark of night.

- Guns starting to flail

back and forth.

pow-pow, pow, pow...

- This is another type

of warfare:

War by guerillas.

- Unconventional warfare.

- And to me,

it's like brotherhood.

- What is winning?

- You're just praying

You'll get to prove yourself

to your brothers.

- What began

as a 100-day mission...

- The longest u.S. War...

- It's been a long war...

- The longest war

in american history.

- We've been living it

for 15 years.

- Think I was 10.

Must have been 9 or 10,

about 1970, I guess.

I saw john wayne,

"the green berets,"

And I thought, "man, yeah..."

- They all seemed to think

that because my dad joined,

That it was natural

for me to join,

But that wasn't the case.

I went to go see a movie.

- Funny thing.

A fella takes one of these

into battle,

And he carries

a strange sense of guilt

All the rest of his life.

- I figured everything else

I'd done in the army

Hadn't been all that hard,

for me.

I figured,

how hard could it be?

It was pretty hard.

Pretty good, yeah.

- The taliban must turn over

osama bin laden

And must destroy

the terrorist camps.


there will be a consequence.

- Spokesman for the taliban

denies afghanistan

Allowed bin laden to strike

from its territory.

- Good afternoon.

On my orders,

The United States military

has begun strikes

Against the taliban regime

in afghanistan.

- I'm as close to these people

as anyone in my own family,

And in some ways closer.

These are my 11 best friends

in the world.

That's how I feel.

- This is us in afghanistan.

I mean, we were in,

you know, some harsh...

- Probably is as extreme

a combat environment

As you can fathom.

It tested you in every way--

physically, mentally...


- We are it.

And when you need the army,

We are the vanguard,

the spearhead, the praetorian.

- This has been happening

for, what, 15 years.

- Wow, since vietnam.

- Yeah.

- We're talking about people.

You know, as a unit,

we've been--

We've been deployed

doing some pretty crazy crap

For a while.

And you get

into a unit like this,

And that's what you do.

That's your game.

- I've been in the military

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