A Date with History

Local residents recently received a first-hand experience of the war in Afghanistan as part of Cantigny Park’s First Division Museum’s popular series A Date with History. Former marine and documentary filmmaker JD Johannes held a lecture for the community. Johannes recounted his recent time in Afghanistan capturing footage of the Army’s First Infantry Division’s troop surge known as Task Force Duke. The task force had the responsibility of tracking the most dangerous insurgent group in Afghanistan.

“People talk about ‘well, this is a surge your just throwing soldiers out there,’” said Johannes. “Understand how few soldiers there were in Khowst Province ahead of time and then you’ll see how small the surge actually was given the terrain of Afghanistan.”

Johannes is the creator of the documentary series Outside The Wire, about the War in Iraq.

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