HORSE SOLDIERS BOOK
Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly Author Doug Stanton Introduces His New Book Horse Soldiers. Start by marking “Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan” as Want to Read: The inspiration for the major motion picture 12 Strong from Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon. Doug Stanton is a. Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan. Doug Stanton, Author Scribner $
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If I were Donald Rumsfeld's son, I'd give him “Horse Soldiers” for (I use the word loosely) Iraq through the analytical lens of a book like “The. Strong is a American action war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and written by Ted Tally and Peter Craig. The film is based on Doug Stanton's non- fiction book Horse Soldiers, which. Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces . — Bruce Barcott, cover of The New York Times Book Review.
Deeply researched and beautifully written, Stanton's account of America's quest to liberate an oppressed people touches the mythic.
The Horse Soldiers combined ancient strategies Of Cavalry warfare with twenty-first-century aerial bombardment technology to perform a seemingly impossible feat. Moreover, their careful effort to win the hearts of local townspeople and avoid civilian casualties proved a valuable lesson for America's ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. Rousing, uplifting.
Think of Stephen E. An important book. It takes you deep inside what the Special Forces do.
Stanton delivers page after page of harrowing descriptions. With this brief reminder of the headline events of late November , he quickly shifts back to the days immediately following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September Campbell, Kentucky.
In this phase, Stanton nicely describes the growing tension between the fighters in the midst of tactical preparations and the families they would soon leave behind. He follows the group through an isolation facility in an Uzbek airbase and on into Afghanistan on a night helicopter insertion provided by the th Special Operations Aviation Regiment—the Nightstalkers.
Once the members of TF Dagger are on the ground, the pace quickens, focusing on the combat operations that took place from mid-October through December Movement on the ground was complicated by the difficult terrain and the lack of motor transportation. Early on the SF operators learned that they were going to have to move on horseback if they wanted to keep up with their local allies.
This made for the most ironic aspect of the story: modern fighters with satellite communication, night vision devices, and complex weaponry traveling on small Afghan ponies. The pace was controlled by their Afghan allies whose strategy was to defeat a committed enemy while maintaining a low casualty rate and influencing others to support the resistance.
While the beginning of Horse Soldiers has some irritating historical errors and the wrap-up goes way out of its way to appease anti-war readers, this is an exciting, action-packed story, and the pages that cover the mission through the eyes of a small band of American warriors offers great reading. For the only time in history, CIA bureaucracy did not prevent gung-ho operatives from acting like characters in a Vince Flynn novel on a grand scale, and the results were spectacular.
For instance, he claims the 5th Special Forces had a black mark to overcome because in Vietnam, they had "committed some of the conflict's worst atrocities.
Even if one accepts the darker interpretations of, say, SOG and Operation Phoenix, nothing attributed to the 5th approaches the atrocities committed by the communist forces, regular or irregular. In quickly establishing commando-style warfare as having its roots in America's very origins, Stanton commits a rather large blunder when he states " a particularly rough group of marauders named Rogers' Rangers had terrified the British with their lightning raids.
He later lost his lustre for being a Loyalist during the Revolutionary War. The error obscures what could have been a very important point: No group of American fighting men since Rogers' Rangers were given the freedom and wherewithal to implement Rogers' doctrines since his exploits on the New England frontier. While General Tommy Franks hit the big-bucks speaking circuit immediately after the success in Afghanistan, he was no fan of Special Forces.
In fact, Stanton asserts, Franks had told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that major offensive operations should wait until he could assemble a force of at least 60, soldiers. Victory in Afghanistan ultimately was achieved with about 59, fewer troops.
Stanton gives Rumsfeld a lot of credit for allowing the Special Forces their latitude; and attributes to George Tenet the idea of quickly putting CIA and SF teams in the field to coordinate targeting with the Air Force. Nelson would prove himself the ultimate example of Rogers' doctrine of the warrior who is highly trained, highly intelligent and, most importantly, able to adapt to the situation at hand in a bold and decisive manner. No plan crafted by George Tenet, the risk-averse CIA director, would have included: Ignoring the first rule of covert ops, "Trust no one," and putting the team's fate under the control of an Afghan warlord within hours of the first meeting.
Splitting their already small team between two Afghan groups despite having only sketchy communications.
Flying blind in a sandstorm through 15,foot mountains in helicopters designed to operate below 5, feet. Charging enemy lines that included armor and heavy guns on horseback.Special Forces and Afghan fighters were when coupled with air power.
The SF operators interviewed by Stanton kept silent on this partnership no doubt because of its classified nature and described only the now well-known role of the CIA pathfinders who provided the SF teams with access to alliance leaders and the role of two CIA officers in the battle of Qala-e-Jangi. It was magic, powerful magic.
They raped Hazara women who ate handfuls of rat poison in the aftermath, preferring death to the shame of their violation. Special Forces team.
He also provides family, friends, and anyone interested in Special Forces a glimpse of the world of the SF operator living and fighting behind enemy lines. Readers interested in this collaboration should look to First In by Gary Schroen or Jawbreaker by Gary Bernsten, both of which describe the story from the perspective of the CIA officers operating with the Northern Alliance headquarters.
Doug Stanton received unprecedented cooperation from the U. It was Dostum who inspired trust in Nelson in their first meeting.