FILMELY 🦋: Generation Kill Episode 5: Humvee or L.A.V.? 🎥

Aug 12, 2021

Generation Kill Episode 5: Humvee or L.A.V.? 🎥

In Generation Kill's "A Burning Dog" episode, the 2nd Platoon leads the Reconnaissance Battalion across a bridge with dense ambushes. They experience a fierce fire exchange there.

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Previously, information from local people showed that there would be ambushes at the key bridge. A fleet of 8-wheeled light armored vehicles (LAVs) were sent to eliminate the ambush but failed, they returned with many casualties.

Godfather still decides to let the Battalion cross this bridge, with Iceman Brad's Humvee in the lead. This is almost a suicide mission. Anticipating the danger of the mission, Iceman even suggests that reporter Evan Wright should stay in the base rather than accompany his team.

In the long battle at the bridgehead, Iceman's fighting skills help save the situation for the US side. After the ambush is cleared, we see the punctured LAVs pulling straight to the bridge comfortably, even firing meaningless artillery as a kind of celebration.

Why didn't the Godfather let the LAVs team lead the way, but sent the weak Humvees ahead as if to burn themselves? As explained by Josh Ray Person, the commanders do not want to take the risks on the LAVs worth up to 5 million USD, so they are ready to "discard" rag Humvees (and the soldiers therein) in replace.

In fact, when seeing the LAVs slowly, calmly and peacefully passing by after the battle, Iceman's eyes shine with utter indignation. He must be feeling like a scapegoat, but luckily he did survive.

The vehicle carrying the company's commander - the obscure "Encino Man" Schwetje (Brian Patrick Wade) was the last one to go, in safe and almost free of combat. However, this is the only vehicle that struck in a hole and the incompetent Encino Man does not know how to handle it, just sitting there and making phone calls, affecting the journey of the entire Company. 

Only when his subordinates come to "encourage" him, he starts to know how to mobilize people to lift the car out of the pit. Yeah, he even celebrates this brilliant with an ugly dance! Quite brilliant!

The next morning, among the corpses of the enemies, American soldiers discover many Jihad fighters who are not Iraqi, but Syrian and possibly from many other Middle Eastern countries.

  • Stark Sands...First Lieutenant Nathaniel Fick, 2nd Platoon Commander

  • Brian Wade...Captain Craig "Encino Man" Schwetje, Bravo Company Commander




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  • Alexander Skarsgard...Staff Sergeant Brad "Iceman" Colbert, V-01, 2nd Platoon, Bravo
  • James Ransone...Corporal Josh Ray Person, V-01, 2nd Platoon, Bravo
  • Billy Lush...Lance Corporal Harold James Trombley, V-02, 2nd Platoon, Bravo
  • Pawel Szajda...Corporal Walt Hasser, Turret Position, V-01, 2nd Platoon, Bravo
  • Lee Tergesen...Evan "Rolling Stone" Wright
  • Chance Kelly...Lieutenant Colonel Stephen "Godfather" Ferrando, 1st Recon Battalion Commander
  • Stark Sands...First Lieutenant Nathaniel Fick, 2nd Platoon Commander
  • Brian Wade...Captain Craig "Encino Man" Schwetje, Bravo Company Commander
  • Eric Nenninger ... Dave "Captain America" McGraw,  3rd Platoon Commander, Bravo
  • Owain Yeoman ... Sergeant Eric Kocher, 3rd Platoon
  • Marc Menchaca...Gunnery Sergeant Mike "Gunny" Wynn 
  • Jon Huertas...Sergeant Antonio "Poke" Espera, V-02, 2nd Platoon, Bravo
  • Mike Figueroa...Sergeant Leandro "Shady B" Baptista
  • Josh Barrett...Sergeant Larry Shawn "Pappy" Patrick 
  • Sergeant Rodolfo "Rudy" Reyes...Himself, V-03, 2nd Platoon, Bravo
  • Jonah Lotan...Hospital Corpsman Second Class Robert Timothy "Doc" Bryan
  • Wilson Bethel...Corporal Evan "Q-Tip" Stafford 
  • Pawel Szajda...Corporal Walt Hasser 
  • Rey Valentin...Corporal Gabriel "Gabe" Garza 
  • Sean Brosnan...Corporal Daniel Redman 
  • Kellan Lutz...Corporal Jason Lilley 
  • Rich McDonald...Corporal Anthony "Manimal" Jacks 
  • Eric Ladin...Corporal James Chaffin 
  • Daniel Fox...Private First Class John Christeson
  • Stefan Otto ... Cpl. Nathan Christopher