Terrifying GoPro Footage Captures Syrian Tanks Wreaking Destruction

Editor’s Note: Although there is no direct footage of men dying, fighters on both sides lose their lives during this footage. It is not for the faint of heart.

Iconic conflict photographers are thought of as such because they do something that your standard news coverage just can’t do: they show the realities of war. Statistics enumerating the number of people killed or displaced by conflict are just numbers on a page until someone captures the reality of these numbers on film… or sensor.

The video above was not shot by a conflict photographer, but it too captures that reality of war in a profound and shocking way. For an hour, you can spend time looking through the eyes of a Syrian tank column as it wreaks unimaginable havoc.

We’ve said it at the top but I’ll re-iterate it here: this video is not for the faint of heart. That being said, it’s important that anybody who feels they can watch this, does. POV footage of war is something that we just haven’t seen before — it’s an unintended but powerful use of GoPro cameras.

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The entire video is almost an hour long, and even if you can stomach it, you probably won’t want to sit through the entire thing. To that end, the folks at Sploid outlined what happens throughout the entire hour so that you can skip to whatever section you feel is most important:

  • Tanks attack a fortified Rebel stronghold 00:15
  • Armored Russian infantry BMP and tanks fire on fortified positions 11:14
  • Tanks get ambushed on route to a mission 18:26
  • Fire support for the advancing infantry 30:54
  • Tank gets destroyed by rebels 33:44
  • Fire support near stronghold 42:47
  • Protecting BMPs during a supply run 46:38
  • Tank gets destroyed by rebels 41:07
  • Tank gets destroyed by rebels 57:48

The footage was captured in Darayaa, once a suburb of Damascus with over 80,000 residents and now one of the front lines in the brutal civil war that is still being waged three years after it began.

(via Sploid)

  • deedee

    Please just let it be. Don’t reply. There are other people here as well who clearly don’t like the way you are making yourself look stupid.

  • deedee

    I just can’t believe that people as shameless like you actually exist on this planet. You need psychiatrist. Please stop reading all the comics that you do and pickup a newspaper for a change. This civil war is also an uprising. Moron!
    Do not try and look intellectual. You are making it worse!

  • Swapnil Narendra

    I have heard only from the two of you.

    Also, you (Rob S) owe me an answer, sir. Regarding the East India Army.

  • deedee

    He doesn’t owe you anything. East India Company only did you a favor and the reason you are speaking English.
    Just stick to your comic books.

  • Swapnil Narendra

    Comic books? Were you stalking me?

    Listening about getting a psychiatric help from a sociopath. Also, if you dont like what I am saying, either keep replying to my comments or just scroll down. And yes, your new ‘bestie’ owe me an answer, for jumping into other people’s history without knowing about it.

    Edit: Did you just edit out you saying, “Civil war is an uprising.” ???

  • deedee

    Even your favorite Narendra Modi can’t make him do so, unless he wishes to and I don’t know him. So please save it. Read newspapers and have interaction with more intellectual people. Open your mouth only when you know about your subject. When you are wrong, admit openly. I have done that. There is no shame.

  • Swapnil Narendra

    HAAH! So it was personal.

  • deedee

    You made it son.

  • Swapnil Narendra

    Son?? Nice.

    What else? BJP fanatic?
    Saffron terrorist? Khaap supporter?
    Comic Book Reading Child?

    You can unleash as many personal attacks you want on me, but its not going to change the facts.

  • deedee

    The best part :-) I don’t have to.

  • Swapnil Narendra

    But you did, didnt you?
    You stalked my profiles. I am sure you went through my facebook feed to come up with new retorts. And you were lecturing me about getting a psychiatric help.

    +1 for hypocrisy.

  • deedee

    Do you want me to stoop lower? Do you want me to make it even more personal? Do you want me to become the real psychopath? You will not like it. I can promise you that. I advised you in a sober way and you wouldn’t listen. Just let it go.

  • Swapnil Narendra

    Please. Please, show me what a real ‘psycopath’ you can be.

    Reminded me of a little joke:
    Angry Husband: Dont you awaken the animal inside of me.
    WIfe: You keep forgetting. I am not afraid of rats.

  • deedee

    lol I didn’t may be the moderator. But glad you did. Message remains the same.
    False pride. Run over by Afghans, Chinese, Arabs, Turks, British and still proud.

  • Swapnil Narendra

    Stop making excuses that Mods deleted your comment. How old are you? Do you also have a dog who keeps eating your homework? And if that was actually the case, be a man and post it again. Also, I am still waiting to see what major “psycopath’ you can be.

    And if its your kind of psychopaths who keep a tab on what goes on in the world, I am happy to remain a caveman (that I already admitted in comments on this thread). Just look it up.

  • deedee

    You don’t want to see that. I don’t want to do that. I am not an uneducated brat.
    Sorry for bringing your family in this. I am not that kind of a person.
    You just don’t give up, but then don’t assume all Indians don’t know about Syria. Don’t assume that all photographers with internet access don’t have G.K. To add today is anniversary of NATO bombings in Serbia. Go read about it. Today it has also been declared that the flight MH370 is actually lost in the ocean.
    I will not respond anymore. Your ignorance and false pride is one of the good reasons your country is suffering so badly. Just do what you want.

  • Swapnil Narendra

    Stop trying to fake your way into it. You just proved what kind of sick person you are. Do not apologise to me, its not going to work. But yes, you also proved that you are not only a sick pyscopatch who does not care to lash out personal attacks on people he doesnt even know but also a coward who cares a little too much for his goody good image :)

    And I seriously dont want you to change yourself. This world need bad people like you who believe that just by knowing things they are better than the others. Also, saying things like “I will not respond anymore.” is a classic sign of cowardice where you know that you cant make any argument because your ground is lost.

    Sick! You should be ashamed of yourself calling an educated person. You talk about pride, and hide your real face. You are a proud man, post the comment back that you deleted and let others see what an educated man you are.

  • deedee

    You will receive a response tomorrow. You will only blame yourself. I am no one. My identity does not exist. I am anonymous.
    But you may end up being popular. Keep at it.

  • Swapnil Narendra

    Now THATS who you call a real psychopath!

    So, is this a threat, Mr educated, proud psycopath who was not going to respond anymore?

  • Adam Cross

    less children would die from accidentally firing their parents guns, kids wouldn’t be able to murder other kids at schools, people wouldn’t be able to shoot other people for simply using their phone in a movie theatre, cops wouldn’t be able to murder people for resisting arrest and get away with paid leave, Trayvon Martin would still be alive, Renisha McBride would still be alive. the list goes on and on, yeah, a world without guns would be so awful!

  • Adam Cross

    because trained police with guns can be trusted? of course they can’t. Do highly trained, practised military personnel ever kill people they’re not supposed to? of course they do. I would prefer that countries have no standing armies or military units placed on other countries period.

  • Weiland

    Mhm. Trayvon Martin would still be alive, and George Zimmerman would be dead.

    See, I’m only really pointing this out to remind you that humans are capable of violence with nothing. Nothing. Thousands of years before we invented explosives, we attacked people with melee weapons, animals, and even our own bare fists – again, citing the Trayvon example.

    The problem is evil. Especially, evil that stems from an unbalance of power.

    Firearms are simply an equalizer. For ever large militarized government, overzealous cop, or violent thug you see out there, there are also armed resistance fighters, gun-toting grandmothers, and 2nd Amendment enthusiasts out there to even the playing field.

    If we could force gun power back into Pandora’s box so that no one would have them, then I’d be fine with it. It wouldn’t stop violence, though – it wouldn’t stop ethnic cleansing, genocide, murder, rape, home invasion, or any other form of violent activity. Man is capable of inventing methods of violence far more diabolic and far less humane than the gun.

    If your aversion to firearms means you’ll never own or operate one, then so be it. You’ll have to live on the hope that you and your family can live in a safe enough environment to never need to fear any sort of real threat – and you’ll have to rely on those us who are both armed and good-natured to outnumber and outmaneuver those who are both armed and villainous.

    And just to touch on a topic I referenced earlier: guns are the equalizer – not just at the individual level, but on a much larger scale. Since, as I submitted earlier, men will always be capable of great evil and especially so when their power is unmatched. Every government which disarmed its citizenry proceeded to force its way on them, and anyone that resisted (if resistance was even an option) was eliminated. Stalin. Hitler. Pol Pot. Mao Zedong. The list goes on.

    I said a lot here, mate, but I’ll summarize it this way: You think that taking away guns would make the world safe, but humans would still find ways to be violent. And if in that mislead attempt to disarm the world we tip the balance of power, then history dictates that the victor of that power struggle will commit acts of evil that were never possible otherwise – ever single time.

  • Weiland

    Ron Perlman for the win!

  • Archibald Henderson 0311

    “Although there is no direct footage of men dying . . . ” but somehow this is “terrifying,” and you may not be able to “stomach it?” I think whoever wrote the article thinks all y’all are pussies.

  • Daniel Stolte

    The time code descriptions don’t seem to match up with the video.