Day of the Rangers

The Battle of Mogadishu 25 Years On

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A story of equipment failures, bad luck, poor planning and unbelievable courage written 25 years after the battle, this new book by Leigh Neville reveals the hard-hitting truth of what happened minute by minute in the dusty streets of Mogadishu.

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Matt Eversmann
Dramatis Personae

CHAPTER 1: Gothic Serpent
CHAPTER 2: The First Six
CHAPTER 4: Big Sky, Small Bullet
CHAPTER 5: “We Are Their Only Hope”
CHAPTER 6: “Ranger, Ranger. You Die Somalia”
CHAPTER 7: The Long Night
CHAPTER 8: The Mogadishu Mile
CHAPTER 9: Maalintii Rangers


Product details

Published Sep 20 2018
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 304
ISBN 9781472824271
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Leigh Neville

Leigh Neville is an Australian national who has wr…


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