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Watch it The programme depicts real events
Watch it The programme depicts real events

A first hand account of the Iraq war

HBO recreates the first 40 days of the 2003 Iraq war, in a seven-part mini-series, ‘Generation Kill'.

The series has been shot from the perspective of a group of elite U.S. First Reconnaissance Marines who were at the spearhead of the invasion.

It will premiere on January 2, at 11 a.m.

Inspired from book

Based on the award-winning non-fiction book of the same name by Evan Wright, Generation Kill is a retelling of the early weeks of the military campaign from the point of view of the people on the ground — the non-commissioned officers and platoon-level commanders.

Often working in uncertain conditions and with little protection, the Marines soon received hints about what was to come: insufficient supplies, conflicting orders, cryptic combat strategy, insurgencies and civilians caught in the middle of gunfire.

Real events are depicted, and real names used, as marines on the set helped maintain the production's authenticity; a frightening firsthand account of the personal toll of victory, and the brutality and bureaucracy of a new American war.

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