National Geographic’s eight-part global event series “The Long Road Home,” a gripping and intimate look at the toll war takes on soldiers and their families, will debut with a special two-hour premiere Tuesday, Nov. 7 , at 9PM.
The soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, say goodbye to their loved ones as they depart for Sadr City, Baghdad, on a peacekeeping mission. The area, without incident for a year, is known as the “safest place in Iraq.” It’s Task Force Lancer’s fourth day in country, when the troops under Lt. Shane Aguero are ambushed during a routine sanitation support mission. The first shots sound like popcorn, and within minutes bullets pound the vehicles in a relentless hailstorm. With two vehicles down, Aguero’s Platoon has no hope of getting back to base. Braving an intensifying rain of bullets from rooftops, the men head down a long, narrow and nameless alley, where they find refuge in a house — with a terrified Iraqi family inside. Back at Camp War Eagle, Lt. Col. Gary Volesky and Capt. Troy Denomy launch the first of three rescue missions to retake the city and free their men before it’s too late. On the homefront, the soldiers’ wives and families continue on with daily life, willing themselves to maintain normalcy during their loved ones’ deployment and unaware of the mounting situation in Iraq.
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