A Royal Marine recently returned from combat in Afghanistan has uploaded some astonishing Doom-style helmet-cam footage, taken during a massive gun battle with the Taliban. Viewers be warned: unlike the Iraq headquarters PR channel videos, it contains extensive profanity. Also, the cameraman gets hit in a mildly embarrassing …
(w)here it is
Erm, am I doing something stupid, or is there no link there to the video?
Cheers & God bless
Sam "SammyTheSnake" Penny
RE: (w)here is it
Click on the Green LiveLink insert.
Re: Where is it
It's right where the advert usually is (Big green square next to the story)
btw This would suggest that the El Reg advert placement policy isn't really working as obviously people are ignoring the adverts placed in the body of the story!
Have another look Sammy...
There's a bleeding great media player thingy on the page saying "click here to play media"
Similarly, I see nothing when using Opera and Flash 9 under Linux. Yes, I have plugins turned on.
It works fine in Firefox and Konqueror though.
Sammy is right...
I don't get the embedded video either, but then I'm behind an industrial strength firewall, which I suspect is Sam's problem too...
Flash is needed
Those of you without Flash will have to install it to view the video. We're not sure what causes Mel Collins' problem with Opera and Flash 9 under Linux. You can go directly to the video at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a92_1179689203
"it's passed straight through!"
"it's passed straight through his ahrse!!" hehe
WTF Kind of Vehicles are They In?
What are those brown trucks running around in the video? They look like Toyota's...but that can't be. Who would want a Toyota for combat. Don't the British use HUMVEES too? They sure buy a lot of them from the US, where do they go?
RE: What vehicles...
...speaking from experience, the wagons the Marines are using are Land Rover Wolf 110's stripped down see here -
The Para's (my lot (ex)) use the same wagons. The other vehicles seen in the video are local Afgan Army Military vehicles, usually Toyota Hi-Lux's as they can stand up to an awful lot of punishment. Top Gear, anyone?
As for whether the British use HumVee's - no, never touch them. Not even Special Forces, so don't know where he get's that information from.
RE : Vehicles
The Marnies would probably be using Landrovers.. but it looks like they where operating with Afghan forces as well, so there could be any number of random trucks and flat beds rolling about.
Can't see the link either
Using IE6, and there is just a large block of whitespace. Anyway seeing as there is swearing it can wait until I get home.
No imagery here at a major computer manufacturer located in Texas. Our firewall and proxies block a lot more than pr0n. YouTube, all the mail servers, etc.
This is is also the hardest (ever) to remain logged into!!
No link here either.
Granted, I think I'm pretty decent at ignoring ads, there is definitely nothing matching the description of what some of you are talking about on my page. Latest Firefox, Win2k, big firewall.
Re: Sammy is right...
Ditto on the firewall being the likely culprit. MIS recently upped the ante with us, as well - we don't get the link or even a placeholder graphic in the stories, these days, and copy-and-pasting the link that Robin provided gets me the "This request has been blocked and logged..." crap.
The Marine in question isn't the only one with a pain in the ass to deal with...
Could really use a text link too
A technology paper really should understand how to include alternative links.
Um, I can't see any link to this video anywhere in or near the article either -
- and I'm not running anything particularly exotic: XP Pro SP2 with Firefox 126.96.36.199.
Firefox has all the usual plugins enabled: Flash 9.0, Shockwave, Quicktime, Windows Media Player and RealPlayer.
I'm not even seeing a broken link!
I figure the content is being filtered out by our Squid proxy ... can someone post a URL of the vid?
shot in the arse in afghanistan
as a father of a bootneck, this footage doesn't surprise me, in fact any of our lads out there, paras, marines or others, they've been getting it in the arse more from their shite government....blair and his successor are not fit to tie their boot laces, let alone go out there and shake their hands....if a few politicians were shot in the arse, you'd realise then where their fucking brains were...
It reminds me of an old sci-fi story I read, in which journalists in armoured suits are parachuted right into the middle of battles, with cameras mounted on their heads; they are not allowed to carry weapons, and they die like flies, but the footage has to get through, and there is no shortage of willing camerapeople.
'What are those brown trucks running around in the video? They look like Toyota's...but that can't be. Who would want a Toyota for combat.'
Clearly you don't watch Top Gear:
Britain's brightest making us proud
"Afganistan"? Jeeze, whenever I invade a country and shoot "photo's" of my colleagues topping people at least I try to get the place name right. Where's he going next? Irain?
well... it's correctly spelt ... if you are writing it in Spanish. *rofl*
I could watch the vid, but I doubt my boss would agree.