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Gothic Serpent: Black Hawk Down - Mogadishu 1993 (Raid) [Kindle Edition]

Clayton Chun
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This book tells the story of Task Force Ranger – a unit of US Rangers and Special Forces – and their attempt to capture the lieutenants of the Somali warlord Muhamed Farrah Aideed, during the 1993 United Nations’ humanitarian relief mission. What started as a simple snatch-and-grab mission quickly degenerated into a desperate battle for survival when US Black Hawk helicopters were struck by rocket-propelled grenades and crashed into the streets of Mogadishu. Racing to save the crew, Task Force Ranger was surrounded by mobs of hostile Somali gunmen. The battle in the city raged all night as the better-equipped and better-trained US forces kept the nearly overwhelming numbers of Somalis at bay. Finally, battered, bloodied, and low on ammunition, the Task Force was rescued by a combined UN and US relief force and extracted to safety. Containing detailed maps and declassified information, this is a dramatic retelling of a brutal battle that had a far-reaching impact on US military policy.

About the Author

Clayton K.S. Chun, Ph.D., is on the U.S. Army War College faculty at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania where he teaches courses on national security, strategy, and economics. He completed a military career in the U.S. Air Force and has published work in the fields of national security, military history, and economics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13091 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X3K2VY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Hawk Down 2 19 May 2012
A splendid addition to the Raid series. This is the only one i have bought that was not related to World War 2 "Raids". Brief but detailed and with a fantastic illustration of the the 2 "D-Boys" defending the crash sight. Well worth buying and goes nicely with the classic Black Hawk Down book by Mark Bowden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard 13 Feb. 2014
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VERY GOOD book shows just how that wa*ker Bill Cliton let his own troops down ! ! Good service to sent out real quick will order more some time. :))
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Jan. 2015
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Serpent 10 Mar. 2014
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A rather drawn out description of events. The author is obviously a skilled observer but too detailed for my liking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Hawk Down revisited by Osprey 2 Nov. 2012
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A good wrap up of the incident in 1993 with maps, photos, and graphics. Good for gamers - you will need a lot of buildings. Also a good companion to the movie and original book. Somewhat less personnel than the book or movie, but not much, it provides good background to the UN operations in Mogadishu, the Special Operations Force plan, a good description of what went wrong, and what the consequences were.

For those interested in Mogadishu 1993 and the Black Hawk Down mission, Gothic Serpent, this is a useful book and a good read.

It also explains where the American special forces went wrong.

Recommend Thomas E. Ricks' book THE GENERALS as well, as a companion to this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story behind the movie 30 July 2014
By Graves - Published on
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Having been not too pleased with one of Dr. Chun’s earlier books for Osprey I was nervous about this book but am very glad it picked it up. Most Americans remember Mogadishu as a foreign police failure at the start of the Clinton years and the subject of a very good movie with Ewan McGregor and Josh Hartnett.

Chun builds on this detailing not only what the movie didn’t cover but far more importantly he explains how Somalia fell apart into civil war and clan violence and what the US and UN plans were to try and fix the situation. This Chun does very , very well and this will become my quick reference book on that issue.

He also gives a good description of the military’s response during the battle when things start to go badly wrong. Why and how they did and what they did right-including a helicopter rescue on a narrow street requiring such tight control, under fire, by the copter codenamed Star-41, that they couldn’t include it in the movie.

There is one serious flaw with Chun’s work. A lecturer at the Army War college he has an addiction to military acronyms and it can be very bad for the non-military reader. It does NOT, thankfully pervade the entire work. Once the action gets rolling he limits himself but in the set-up, that is a different story. In the course of a page and a quarter we have : UNOSOM, UNOSOM II, SNA, CENTCOM, SOF,JSOC, J-2, J-3 UN, SOCOM,HUMINT, CISE, CIA, QRF, most of these repeated several times in that space, I found my eyes glossing over. Sure you can get a few, CIA and UN spring to mind but it is just so much thrown up, that doesn’t really come into play with the story, that it is beyond aggravating. I found my attention starting to drift and skip paragraphs. And by the time he tells you that many Somalis drive “Sports Utilities Vehicles (SUV’s)” or that there will be “Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO’s)” You’re ready to scream.

I showed the section in question to younger men in my office, both intelligent fellows with an interest in the military and both were stunned by the mass of letters littering the page, so it wasn’t just me.

I would also have liked a little more attention to the reasoning’s behind the Clinton administration’s refusal to allow armor that would have saved American lives, on the ground in Somalia. But maybe that would have taken this into a realm where he didn’t want to go, focusing on the men on the ground, not the suits at home.

In the end, even with a baffling array of acronyms Chun has delivered a very good work on a very dark day. As the action started in the book with the go word “Irene,” In my head I heard the music from the movie start up and while the book certainly doesn’t include the action/violence of the film, he does explain and honor the actions and sacrifices of the men
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 21 Dec. 2013
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This is a bit more "objective" than Mark Bowden's famous book, "Blackhawk Down" but when read along with Mr. Bowden's book, or read after watching this event on the History channel, it gives a very comprehensive overview of what happened there, short of having been there myself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Task Force Ranger 16 April 2014
By James D. Crabtree - Published on
This book looks at the attempted raid to capture Somali militants in 1993 which turned into a drag-out fight for survival when the members of Task Force Ranger found themselves surrounded and attacked by huge numbers of Somalis with AK-47s and RPGs after two UH-60s were shot down and other helicopters damaged. The book's most important contribution is the discussion of how mission templates used to plan and execute missions rapidly almost certainly contributed to the Somalis' ability to anticipate U.S. actions on the ground. Some of the SNA members were former officers and had overseas training... one of the worst mistakes a soldier can make is that the enemy is stupid. There was also confusion regarding the chains of command between U.S. forces and United Nations forces (having served as a peacekeeper I know that there are reasons for this) and even between the U.S. contingent and Special Operations Forces.

While the book is well-illustrated with maps, graphics and photos, the narrative has issues in places. It is a bit redundant about actions during the fight, which makes it hard to track the action. Nevertheless, a good book for those unfamiliar with this forgotten conflict and the heroism and professionalism of the American forces committed to saving the Somali people..
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Serpent 21 Jan. 2013
By moonbat60 - Published on
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This book provided me with some more details on the background on "Black Hawk Down" . I've watched both the movie and read the book by Mark Bowden.

This one is a nice add-on to get the complete picture.
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