The Invisible Enemy

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Our War, Series 1 Episode 2 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

The second episode focuses on a young platoon from the Grenadier Guards and their terrifying struggle with landmines, also known as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Captain Alex Rawlins filmed his men as they lost of one their mates, 23-year-old Guardsman Jamie Janes, who stood on a landmine during a patrol.

The film shows how Jamie Janes's death became a turning point in the British public's awareness of the human cost of IEDs and how a misspelled letter turned into a political storm for the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

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Credits

Narrator
Shaun Dooley
Narrator
Shaun Dooley
Executive Producer
Colin Barr
Executive Producer
Colin Barr
Executive Producer
Colin Barr

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