This Man is a Walking Tank

A war photo a day #3

This Man is a Walking Tank This Man is a Walking Tank

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David Axe photo This Man is a Walking Tank A war photo a day #3 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than... This Man is a Walking Tank
David Axe photo

This Man is a Walking Tank

A war photo a day #3

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In 2003 and 2004 Iraqi insurgents killed 1,486 U.S. and coalition troops — most of them in bomb attacks targeting lightly armored vehicles that were never meant to survive direct attack.

In 2005 the U.S. Army played catch-up. Soldiers got new body armor with groin flaps, side plates and neck protectors plus knee and elbow pads, adding 25 pounds or more of weight to their already heavy loads. And mechanics welded steel armor to trucks, overloading the engines and axles.

I snapped this portrait of an unhappy, armored-up truck driver in the Sunni Triangle in February 2005.