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The Battle of Mogadishu [Mass Market Paperback]

Matt Eversmann , Dan Schilling
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15 July 2007
On Sunday October 3 1993, US special-forces troops in Mogadishu attempted to capture the Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. As they descended from their Blackhawk helicopters onto the streets of the town, Somali gunmen, who were waiting for them, opened fire from three directions. The US troops sought cover and settled in for a wild fire fight. Their mission was to go down in history as the fiercest ground combat seen by American forces since the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam. This blow-by-blow account, written by six of the highly trained soldiers who were there, sheds new light on the events of the two-day battle in Mogadishu that left eighteen American servicemen dead and many more wounded. Battle of Mogadishu is a must-have for fans of the Black Hawk Down story, military-history readers, and those interested in US troops fighting abroad.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; Reprint edition (15 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345466683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345466686
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 10.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This collection provides enthralling reading about a sad chapter in American military history.' --Richmond Times-Dispatch 'From the Trade Paperback edition.'

No matter how skilled the writer of nonfiction, you are always getting the story secondhand. Here s a chance to go right to the source . . . These men were there --Mark Bowden

About the Author

Matt Eversmann: As a chalk leader, Eversmann was part of the first group of Rangers to fast rope from the Black Hawk helicopters. It was his chalk that suffered the first casualty of the battle. Raleigh Cash: Responsible for controlling and directing fire support for the platoon, Cash entered the raging battle in the ground convoy sent to rescue his besieged brothers in arms. Mike Kurth: One of only two African Americans in the battle, Kurth confronted his buddies' deaths, realizing that the only people whom I had let get anywhere near me since I was a child were gone. John Belman: He roped into the biggest firefight of the battle and considers some of the mistakes that were made, such as using Black Hawk helicopters to provide sniper cover. Tim Wilkinson: He was one of the Air Force pararescuemen or PJs-the highly trained specialists for whom That Others May Live is no catchphrase but a credo-and sums up his incomprehensible courage as just holding up my end of the deal on a bad day. Dan Schilling: As a combat controller, he was one of the original planners for the deployment of SOF forces to Mogadishu in the spring of 1993. During the battle, he survived the initial assault and carnage of the vehicle convoys only to return to the city to rescue his two closest friends, becoming, literally, Last Out.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Battle of Mogadishu 17 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Having read Black Hawk Down and developing an interest in what really happened in Somalia , I, like a lot of others, had forgotten the battle. My memories as I am sure a lot of peoples were that of the mauled bodies being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.
Reading this book was like being part of the firefight. The tremendous courage that these men showed and the amazing comraderie among the rangers to ensure each others safety.
The part of this book that stands out in my mind is the chapter written my Tim Wilkinson, where he writes candidly and openly about why they , rangers, delta and 160th Soar were in Somalia, not for the humanitarian effort that the UN and the 10th Mountain were doing but they were there to take out the threat to Peace and regeneration of Somalia, Aidid and his SNA command-and control infrastruture.
To the non military person this book is an eye opener into the training that these remarkable men do. This is an exceptional book and to read it is to gain an insight into what really happened on October 3rd 1993 by the eyewittnesses that faught there.
I wish there were more books written about the conflict of Somalia but this is a great start.
A very well written book
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to Black Hawk Down. 31 Mar 2007
By Kevin M Quigg - Published on
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This is a nice addition to the Black Hawk Down book and movie. Basically it is the story of six soldiers who were part of the battle in 1993. Yes, this book is not Black Hawk Down, but it does provide additional insight into this battle. I thought the six authors did well in providing their own picture of the battle. All six had different perspectives on what happened and this is shown through their stories.

If you have one book to read about this battle, it would be Black Hawk Down. However, this is a nice addition for those interested in knowing further info on this infamous battle.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK 2 Jun 2005
By Derek Day - Published on
This is a great book if you would like to get details of what its like to be in a battle. Yes some of the stories seem rushed or "not complete" but one must remember how much goes on during an actual fire fight, and how much information a person has to process. It is impossible for one man to remember every little detail that these guys want. The book did do a good job as to offer some different views and perspectives of the battle so that you can get a feeling for the battle as a whole. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the conflict in Somalia, or even just what its like to be a ranger when you put your training to use.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first hand account 7 Jan 2006
By miss anomaly - Published on
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After reading Black Hawk Down, this book helped me to really put all the events into perspective. While Mark Bowden gave the reader the bigger picture, this book goes into details Bowden was unable to expand upon. I really enjoyed the personal tone and feeling you experience from each individual. You get to know a little part of the writer as they tell their own experince during this campaign.

Another reviewer bagged on Eversmann's lack of intensity, and something along the lines of poor writing skills, stating he should have let someone else tell his story. So he used some cliche phrases to put his story together. Would you rather him critize the men flying him to and sometimes from missions? And if he really believes that guy is solid or " A real stand up guy", why can't he say that? If that's what he thought of the person, he is just being honest. To me, the entire point of this book is (underlined and bold font!) THEIR PERSONAL account. This was not suppose to be their story in someone elses words. I loved Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down, don't get me wrong. But his book was about the mission from what he gathered, in his style of writing. He IS a writer. The beauty of The Battle of Mogadishu is that these men are not writers by trade. They were military personnel sent to Somalia to complete a task. They didn't go there to get a book deal, they went serving their country. This book is about the MEN of Task Force Ranger. Each of them experienced something different, and you get a real feel for that through their OWN words. These men wanted to tell us their own story and I believe that was accomplished. If they wanted someone else to tell their stories, they would have stoped at Black Hawk Down. This book tells you about the men that fought in this battle and shows how it all fits together. If you aren't narrow minded and just looking for an honest account of this campaign, this book is definately a book for you. If you are lookin for glamor, glitz and a Harvard English Litterature graduate writing style, you will be disappointed.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle 6 July 2006
By B.G. Puller - Published on
This book is made of many firsthand accounts of soldiers who were there. It is good supplementry reading to Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely exceptional first hand accounts 21 Feb 2005
By Dev - Published on
This book is probably more important than Blackhawk Down in understanding the actions during the Battle for Mogadishu. Eversmann and Schilling brought together the first-hand accounts that before now had gone around the military in fourth- and fifth-hand drinking tales, stories told with awe and respect, as well as a certain degree of humor - Wilkinson's explanation for the reason he wasn't shot crossing the street is a perfect example. An absolutely vital read for anyone interested in the battle or in the true battlefield demands of special ops heroes.
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