New Trailer For Nat Geo’s ‘The Long Road Home’ Is A Haunting ‘Rendezvous With Death’

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A new trailer for National Geographic’s The Long Road Home is a collection of chilling vignettes that guide viewers through the horror and uncertainty of combat in Baghdad’s Sadr City in 2004.


The exclusive first look, reported by Entertainment Tonight Oct. 5, is a minute-long teaser that leaps from firefights and ambushes to brief moments of tenderness at home, then back to the horrors of war as the cast recites lines from Alan Seeger’s famous 1916 poem I Have A Rendezvous With Death. Seeger, an American, served in the French Foreign Legion during World War I and died at the Battle of the Somme, notes Military.com.

The upcoming show, set to premiere Nov. 7 on National Geographic, is based on journalist Martha Raddatz’s best-selling book of the same name. Based on real events, the eight-episode scripted miniseries follows a platoon of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division on their deployment to Sadr City when they’re ambushed and cut off inside the maze-like suburb. It was their first patrol.

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Called “Black Sunday,” the patrol began on April 4, 2004, but the battle that followed lasted days, resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. soldiers, and left more than 60 wounded.

Directed by Phil Abrams (Daredevil, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black) and Mikael Salomon (SIX, Band of Brothers), The Long Road Home consulted veterans of the battle for the upcoming series, with some of the actors pairing with the real-life soldiers they’re portraying on screen.

The miniseries stars Michael Kelly, Kate Bosworth, Jason Ritter, Jeremy Sisto,  Joey Luthman, and Noel Fisher. In the trailer, the cast recites Seeger’s poem as we catch brief glimpses of their characters struggling to survive the emotional, psychological, and physical tolls war can take on service members abroad and their loved ones on the home front.

National Geographic’s Long Road Home premieres Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. EDT.

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On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.

Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.

In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.

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With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.

After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.

Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.

McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.

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Editor's Note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.

The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.

They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.

It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.

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WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.

Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."

"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.

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