The anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊), is an eleven-episode Gundam OVA series that takes place during the One-Year War, and depicts the point of view of the common soldier rather than that of the Newtype aces. Its release began in 1996 and ended in 1999. A twelveth epilogue episode, called Last Resort, was released a few months after the series ended, and featured a more surreal plotline than the rest of the series.
The series taking such a long time to be released (Last Resort was released a full three and a half years after the series began) was largely due to the sudden tragic death of director Takeyuki Kanda in a car accident in July of 1996. The series was later completed by a new director, GONZO's Umanosuke Iida.
The first eleven episodes of 08th MS Team were shown on Cartoon Network in 2001. Last Resort was never shown on television because Cartoon Network allegedly did not want to show an episode that revolved around children being drafted into the military. However, all twelve episodes are on the DVD release.
The 08th MS Team was one of the most 'realist' animation of the Gundam series. Some vehicles and mobile suits are redesigned to become more militaristic. Gundams are not heroicly praised and often suffer damage even when against minor enemies. No Newtypes are mentioned and having Gundams being only mass produced units also put the Gundam into a less important part of the OVA, concerning more on the drama and situation. (Wikipedia)