The True Story of Blackhawk Down (2003) History Channel

The True Story of Blackhawk Down

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In this History Channel video, the story of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden is told. The Mogadishu, Somali incident began when Delta Force arrested 20 Somalis. During the assault, a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down and the rescuers were ambushed.  The author of the bestselling book, officials from the US and Somalia and combatants reveal what happened during the disastrous raid. 2002 Emmy Award ® Nominee for Outstanding Sound Editing and Outstanding Sound Mixing!

On October 3, 1993, an elite force of 120 American Delta units and Ranger infantry were dropped into Mogadishu, Somalia to abduct two lieutenants of the Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The mission was planned to take one hour. But when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, it became a 15-hour ordeal that left a deep scar on America's psyche. Drawing on Mark Bowden's bestselling book about the incident and extensive interviews with the author, THE TRUE STORY OF BLACK HAWK DOWN is a compelling, minute-by-minute look at the battle that claimed 18 American lives. US Rangers and Somali militiamen share their harrowing experiences, and former officials from Aidid's organization reveal how they were able to use the attack to their advantage. Finally, diplomats and high-ranking officers reflect on the incident's legacy, including the widely-held assumption that it weakened America's resolve to send troops abroad. Balancing exceptional combat footage, brilliant commentary and the recollections of those who were there, THE TRUE STORY OF BLACK HAWK DOWN is an unforgettable look at modern warfare.

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