Generation Kill is a 2008 HBO television miniseries (now out on DVD) based on the book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The majority of the characters were drawn from the Second Platoon of the First Reconnaissance Battalion's Bravo Company. Lee Tergesen played embedded reporter Evan Wright. Wright was assigned to the lead vehicle of Bravo Company, which he shared with Sergeant Brad 'Iceman' Colbert, played by Alexander Skarsgård, Corporal Josh Ray Person, played by James Ransone and Lance Corporal Harold James Trombley, played by Billy Lush.
It's FORTY days of combat compressed into seven hours. Seven hours of pulsating, heart-thumping, no-holds-barred battle. Nothing that Hollywood has dished out so far - especially on the Iraq War - comes close to this in its wrenching realism. This is as real as it gets. There is the liberal use of military jargon without explanation. For those who cannot understand, you can easily refer to the glossary (Learn the Lingo) provided in the Generation Kill website.
First Recon Marine, Sgt. Rudy Reyes is the only actor cast in the miniseries to portray himself.
This is now out on DVD and I highly recommend it to military buffs everywhere! Get some!
This came out at the right time since President Barack Hussein Obama declared in a speech at the Oval Office on 31 August 2010: "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country."
This comes seven years and five months after the US-led invasion, and after the last American combat brigade left Iraq on August 19, 2010.