The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the 13-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating, by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for listeners of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
"'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself - Keating - had become a kind of backhanded joke."
In 2009 Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after Keating's construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: It was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend.
On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives.
Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
©2016 Clinton Romesha (P)2016 Penguin Audio
I have read or listened to 20+ war time or military memoirs and this by far one the most well written, insightful, well-researched and respectful of them all. I highly recommend it and it's well worth your time. This book does a spectacular job of balancing the horror our soldiers face in battle with prospective and distance from the action. The level of detailed description brings the battle to life in ways few non-fiction accounts are able to capture. Thank you for writing this story.
Reads like fiction but is an awesome, intense, emotional, horrifying, infuriating, And true story. One of my new favorites, learned a lot about the fight, about small unit tactics, and I have read many firsthand accounts but this one kept me wanting more.
Loved the book. Gives me a new appreciation for our military. But I do wish the profanity were cut out so I could inspire my kids with these words.
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