In­side Com­bat Res­cue: What­ever It Takes

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, National Ge­o­graphic There seems to be a plethora of doc­u­men­taries about war around at the mo­ment, per­haps re­flect­ing the me­dia’s nightly cov­er­age of the world’s worst con­flicts. This se­ries, which went to air in the US in Fe­bru­ary, fea­tures footage by the first cam­era crews to be em­bed­ded on a de­ploy­ment to Afghanistan with the US Air Force. It fol­lows the elite res­cue team, Parares­cue­men or PJs, as they fly into the bat­tle­field to save the wounded. Whether their tar­gets are shot down or iso­lated be­hind en­emy lines, sur­rounded, en­gaged, wounded, or cap­tured by the en­emy, PJs have one mis­sion: to bring their mates home. Tonight, Se­nior Air­man Barry, 22, is put to the test when a sol­dier is se­ri­ously in­jured with a gun­shot wound to the chest. An ex­pec­tant fa­ther on his third de­ploy­ment awaits word from his wife of their first child, but just as the news comes in, he gets pulled away on a res­cue mis­sion.

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