The Heroes Who Inspired ‘The Hurt Locker’

By David Schoetz

Mar 9, 2010 11:32am

The gripping story of soldiers who disarm roadside bombs on the frontlines of war earned "The Hurt Locker" six Oscars, including best picture. Last night, after embedding with a real-life team of bomb technicians in Afghanistan, Karen Russo brought us the report below, "Nerves of Steel." Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Millward, pictured above, is one of the featured soldiers. Twice, he has been blown up on the job. Watch him at work and it is not hard to see how the heart-pounding tension could inspire a film. Improvised explosive devices — IEDs — have become an increasing threat for coalition soldiers in Afghanistan, as outlined in this USA Today report last month. WASHINGTON — Winter weather failed to deter insurgents from stepping up roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan, as both blasts and casualties among U.S. and allied troops in January more than doubled from a year earlier, Pentagon data show. Coalition troops found 727 bombs in January compared with 276 in the same month of 2009. Blasts killed 32 U.S. and allied troops and wounded 137 others, compared with 14 deaths and 64 injuries in January 2009, according to the data. These bombs are the top killed of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  

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