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Our War - Exclusive online stories from Afghanistan

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Dana Stevens | 11:00 UK time, Thursday, 2 June 2011

"Stunning, extraordinary, powerful, shocking..." are just some of the words reviewers are using to describe BBC Three's new series Our War. This groundbreaking documentary uses real and uncensored footage shot by soldiers themselves during the ten years of war in Afghanistan. For the first time, the Ministry of Defence has given the BBC access to the stories filmed using personal cameras, mobile phones and helmet cameras to offer a unique perspective on the terrifying and emotional realities of the war.

Through the soldiers eyes we see the courage, fear and camaraderie of the men on patrol and witness how they use black humour to cope. Watch this to find out why the soldiers wanted to film their lives on the frontline and what they learnt about the war and themselves:

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As well as the three-part TV series we have loads of fascinating stories on the Our War website, where you can discover more about how the soldiers deal with army life and how their families manage. In this clip, Kirstie talks about dealing with the fact her dad's been on the verge of going to Afghanistan three times:

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Our War starts with Ambushed on Tuesday 7th June at 9pm. If you want to join the discussion on Twitter about the programme just use #ourwar.

Visit the Our War website to watch more stories from the war in Afghanistan.

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