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The British film crew traveled to three countries during the making of "Life and Death in the War Zone," ending up in Iraq in the weeks before and after President Bush declared an end to hostilities last May 1. Here, cameraman Neil Harvey films at the 21st CSH's Bravo Company in Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq.



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Soldiers preparing for deployment to the Gulf line up for drills at the Fort Carson Army Base, located just south of Colorado Springs at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. They will bring with them a collection of tents, which unfold to become enclosed, air-conditioned shelters for operating rooms, recovery rooms, pharmacies, laboratories, and blood banks.




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Within three days of arriving from Kuwait at the Iraqi town of Balad, the 21st Combat Support Hospital is ready to receive casualties. Here, a state-of-the-art medical city is born from corrugated metal shipping containers and canvas tents.




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Aboard a Blackhawk helicopter on a medevac mission, Major Kathleen Feeley operates a ventilator to help an injured American soldier breathe.




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A Blackhawk air ambulance prepares to land at the now fully operational 21st CSH at Camp Anaconda, built on the grounds of the captured Balad air base.




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Surgeons of the 21st CSH prepare to operate on a young Kurdish man who was accidentally injured by unexploded ordnance he encountered near his home. Most of the injured Iraqi nationals seen at the combat hospital have had run-ins with either Iraqi or Allied unexploded ordnance.




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Shortages of medicine and equipment combined with limited water and power supplies create extremely challenging conditions for both doctors and patients at Iraqi hospitals. This Iraqi soldier, Mohammed Sabeh Younis, was shot in a gun battle one month before this photograph was taken. His wound has become gangrenous.




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Combat hospital workers take a much-needed break for a game of cards.




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Members of an Iraqi Christian family display photographs of lost loved ones near Mosul.




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In summer 2003, after four months in the Kuwaiti desert, the 10th CSH left Camp New York (left) and returned to Colorado. The 21st CSH, meanwhile, continued to run the hospital at Camp Anaconda in Iraq until February 2004, when it turned over operations to the 31st CSH out of El Paso, Texas.




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Life and Death in the War Zone
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