Deep in the jungles of Vietnam, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armoured Cavalry, the famed Blackhorse Regiment, was a specialized cavalry outfit equipped with tanks and armoured assault vehicles. On the morning of March 26th, 1970, they began hearing radio calls from an infantry unit four kilometres away that had stumbled into a hidden North Vietnamese Army stronghold. Outnumbered six to one, the 100-man American company was quickly surrounded, pinned down and fighting for its existence. Helicopters could not penetrate the dense jungle, artillery and air support could not be targeted effectively. The company was fated to be worn down and eventually all killed or captured. Overhearing the calls for help on his radio, it became apparent to Alpha Troop's 25-year old commander, Captain John Poindexter, that his outfit was the only hope for the trapped company. It just might be possible that they could "bust" enough jungle by nightfall to reach them. Not making the attempt was deemed unacceptable so he ordered his men to "saddle up." With the courage and determination that makes legends out of ordinary men, they affected a daring rescue and fought a pitched battle - at considerable cost. Many brave deeds were done that day and Captain Poindexter tried to make sure his men were recognized for their actions. Thirty years later Poindexter was made aware that his award recommendations and even the records of the battle had somehow gone missing. Thus began the second phase of this remarkable story: a "battle" to ensure his brave men's accomplishments would never be forgotten again.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.