Day of the Rangers

The Battle of Mogadishu 25 Years On
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: History, Africa
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Publisher's Summary

On October 3, 1993, Task Force Ranger was dispatched to seize two high-profile lieutenants of a Somali warlord. Special Forces troops were transported by ground vehicles and helicopters, and the mission was meant to be over within the hour. They quickly found themselves under heavy fire, and two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. With a hastily organized relief column many hours away, the American troops faced a desperate battle for survival.  

Focusing on the stories of the soldiers on the ground and in the air, Day of the Rangers reveals the experiences and recollections of the Special Forces units, including the Rangers, Delta operators, and Nightstalker crews who fought in the battle of Mogadishu.  

Published to mark the battle's 25th anniversary and using recently declassified documents and new interviews with many of the participants, Day of the Rangers is a fascinating and revealing new history of a battle that would influence American Special Forces for decades to come.

©2018 Leigh Neville (P)2018 Tantor

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Wow. Great story

The story told fills in many details about that fateful mission as told by members of Task Force Ranger that were not heard from in the "Black Hawk Down" book. It It's great to know that my old unit, the 10th Mountain Div., fought bravely and were not incompetent as depicted in the movie.

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good book

I was always curious how Mister Bowden's book would stand up to a firsthand account. now I know. thanks Matt.

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Awesome account

Awesome and hyper accurate first hand accout of the battle of Mogadishu. This was the battle the influenced and change a significant number of strategic and tactical procedures for US SOF. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to know what really happened that day.

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Rangers lead the way

Amazing first hand review of the rangers in one of the most tragic USSOC missions to that date.

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Many details not found In other books

As someone who has read extensively on this battle for many years, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It included many details and factual corrections not found in other titles. Well narrated, I highly recommend this book to any military history buff, or anyone who really wants to learn about the battle of Mogadishu, and why things were done the way they were. including how lessons learned there affected changes to,TTP's, gear, and combat lifesaving to this very day.

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  • James
  • 07-15-19

A information goldmine of Operation Gothic Serpent

A excellent listen for anyone interested in the battle of Mogadishu. Including comparisons between the film Blackhawk Down's accuracy and the rationale behind its artistic choices in comparison to the real event.

It features accounts from various participants in the battle and it is simply an information goldmine of the events that took place during Operation Gothic Serpent. Especially if you are interested in re-enacting as there is a long segment at the end detailing both Ranger and Delta Force equipment.

Great book!

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  • Copperfish
  • 06-12-19

Excellent story retold better than the original.

The story re-tells the Black Hawk Down story. This is obviously done many years later and with more reference to source material than the Bowden book. This books blends analysis and story beautifully. Many references are made to interviews with personnel and mentions the bigger intelligence activities around the event.
Finally it talks about the big screen inaccuracies and myths.
My advice would be to read Black Hawk Down, watch the movie including the behind the scenes, watch the multiple documentaries, do a little bit of online browsing then read this book to round it all off nicely.
This books translates well to an audiobook however I recommend a little bit of research first including maps and a brief description of the key points of the day.