Join Nahal regiment 931 as they attack a Hizballah stronghold in south Lebanon. A fierce battle erupts, Hizballah terrorists wearing full IDF uniforms are encountered and people are hurt. Itai Anghel from respected Israeli investigative news show Uvda films the whole thing using a night vision camera. Lisa from On The Face hooks us up with this video (english subtitles) and notes:
A few things to know before you watch: With the exception of the officers – Avi Dahan and Biche – all the soldiers are reservists in their 20’s and 30’s who did their three-year mandatory army service (ages 18-21) in the unit; in other words, they are civilians who responded to emergency call up notices.
She also notes that Eli Lake wrote an article about the report for the New York Sun. This is a powerful and thought provoking piece of journalism. BIG Hat tip to Lisa!
Doh! Due to unforseen copyright issues, we cannot link directly to the video. Please visit Lisa’s blog post to see the embedded video.
If the clip above does not play right click here, select “copy link location” and paste the address into Windows Media Player or whatever media player you use.
[ED by TM: cutting and pasting the following into your browser url address bar should also launch your video player automatically: http://switch248-01.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ClipMediaID=209947&ak=63628786]
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Oh my g-d. Pride for these soldiers doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel after watching this. Thank g-d for the IDF and Israel!
For some reason I can’t get the video to play in any way.
Playback — As instructed, right click where indicated and select copy link location. Then open Windows Media Player. Select File and then Open URL. Put the cursor on the space to write a URL, right click and hit paste.
That worked for me.
The IDF soldiers are pretty brave.
That commander Avi looked a bit like Zidane though:P.
One correction, G’dud (Regiment) 931 is not a reserve regiment. 50, 931 and 932 are all regular Nahal brigades. These are most certainly conscripted soldiers.
It won’t open for me. Does this clip still exist?
A gedud is a batallion, Nahal is the brigade.
The guy with the kippah behind the batallion commander is an Anglo from Har Nof (went to yeshiva with him), and is actually Richard Joel’s (now prez of YU) nephew.
If you can forgo the English subtitles, the full clip (including wounded soldiers) in on Google Video with Hebrew subtitles: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3924887989329662006&hl=en.
And Harry is correct – these guys are most definitely in their compulsory service. There are few (if any) reserve units which had such nice looking equipment.
Thanks Yoni. Lisa said her clip is 25 minutes and this seems to be 15 minutes. Is there a conclusion to the battle?
Why oh why do they use a bullhorn for ground combat…it’s like telling the bad guys shooting at you from surrounding hills “I’m right here, come get me!” Is it really that expensive to get earpieces for all?
plucky, it scares the shit out of terrorists, because they usually work in teams of 2-3, and if caught alone, are scared shitless.
my friend was a sniper in this unit. avi was his commander when he was in nachal. he stayed in leabanon for 2 years about 3 or 4 years ago. absolutely insane.
plucky they do have headsets, but only officers, radio operators, and a small number of soldiers use them.
besides during an incident of this scale you want to refrain from using radio when the you are under attack as to not clog up the frequancy.
g-d bless the idf