The Van Doos in Afghanistan is a documentary that propels you directly into the heart of the action among the soldiers serving with the Royal 22e Régiment.
In this clip, we follow Captain Stéphane Guillemette on the ground as he conducts daily searches for improvised explosive devices or hidden insurgent weapons caches. Conducting daily patrols of the Panjwaye district demands constant vigilance.
Ages 15 to 18
Geography - Human Geography
Social Studies - Canada in the World Today
Social Studies - Comparative Civilizations
This clip depicts the volatility of day-to-day operations in Afghanistan; it also provides a firsthand account of the dangers of IEDs and the steps that must be taken to avoid them. Discuss with the class the unfortunate irony of using cemeteries as hiding places for explosives. Consider the Afghan man’s comments about the involvement of Russian and Canadian military in his country: Is he happy with the Canadian forces, or only when compared to those from the Soviet Union?