Filmmakers travelled to the arid desert of Basra to join British forces on the ground. They watched as our 4000-strong Army rapidly diminished over the course of March to the end of May this year. Extraordinary stories of soldiers become real as they speak openly about the the ordeals, trials and emotional stress they endure while fighting. No soldier is untouched by their experiences in Iraq. What do they really feel? What is it like to be fighting every day for months and months at a time. Do they believe in what they are fighting for? These are the ever-present issues they are forced to question.
In the frankest interviews to date, soldiers from regiments, 5 Rifles and B Company explain candidly what life is like on the front line and explain how they feel about how they are perceived by the British public at home. Shot with footage of action on the ground and archive material it is the closest a civilian will get to understanding the other side. With so many news and media reports, this is a chance to give the soldiers their own voice.
The film Brothers in Arms: Basra, about the Iraq War, is an emotional history of the troops’ journey which so many other soldiers have fought and died for since the invasion of Iraq six years ago.