Wow this was hard to watch.
The video is part of a larger effort to broadcast raw combat footage shot by soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
The video opens with the soldier creeping down a rocky hillside in Kunar Province, as Taliban bullets kick up dirt near his feet.
According to the video’s description, the solider’s unit was gathering intelligence in a nearby village when the Taliban ambushed them.
“I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit,” the unnamed soldier writes. “The rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn’t start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons.
“I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety.”
He eventually ducks behind some rocks, and appears safe.
But moments later, a Taliban round knocks the weapon out of his hands.
“I’m hit!” he screams. “I’m hit!”
The shoulder shouts for help for several more minutes, as bullets skip off the rocks around him.
Luckily, he made it out alive, according to the YouTube description.
“I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and I made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face,” the soldier writes.
“A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands.
“When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal bullet hole in it and was rendered useless.”