The World of Charlie Company

Published on 8th February 2016 by

This one-hour long documentary was produced by CBS news in 1970 and attempted to show what it was like for a company of American soldiers fighting the North Vietnamese Army in the jungles of Vietnam. It was produced by their news correspondent John Laurence who was reporting in Vietnam for CBS between 1965 and 1970. He spent in excess of five months following Charlie Company on the front line.

The completed documentary was screened twice on TV in 1970 and won several awards, most notably an Emmy Award, and it could be argued that it paved the way for the ‘in the field’ genre of documentaries that we’ve seen used prolifically in Afghanistan, Iraq and other areas of conflict. It was made at a time when few journalists would brave the front line in the pursuit of footage, so it could be argued that this documentary laid the foundation on which fantastic documentaries like Restrepo would later be built.

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