Roberts Ridge: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur - download pdf or read online

By Malcolm MacPherson

ISBN-10: 0552151394

ISBN-13: 9780552151399

It is a gripping you-are-there account in line with attractive eyewitness testimony and painstaking learn by means of journalist Malcolm MacPherson.

For the U.S. Navy's elite workforce of SEALs, the challenge appeared undemanding sufficient: to take keep watch over of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain height referred to as Takur Ghar, a key submit of their plan to destroy Taliban al Qaeda in jap Afghanistan. however the enemy was once ready, and while the exact Forces chopper was once shredded by means of enemy hearth, a red-haired SEAL named Neil Roberts was once thrown from the plane. Roberts's fellow SEALs have been decided to carry him out - it doesn't matter what the associated fee. This harrowing actual account captures in dramatic aspect their seventeen-hour conflict, fought opposed to near-impossible odds, to save lots of one in all their very own.

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He had seen them before, and these ruts in the snow, too. The SEALs in the utterly dark cabin were staring out the windows at the ground through NVGs, which hung from brackets on their helmets and flipped down over their eyes, giving them an otherworldly look. For once they had not punched out the helo's windows in deference to the cold, and looked through the Plexiglas instead. One SEAL in the left door with the mini gunner saw the tracks in the snow, but before he could call them out, Mack was already up on the ICS.

Gunship, from a shocked reaction to a “softening-up” bombardment that fizzled, and by ferocious mortar attacks by an enemy that was not going to be easily routed anywhere, much to nearly everyone's surprise. The enemy fighters weren't as much in the valley, as imagined, as they were in the mountains looking down on the Americans through the sights of heavy machine guns and mortars. Making this already bad situation even worse, the highest American commanders had failed to equip elements from the 10th Mountain and 101st Airborne divisions with artillery with which to defend themselves.

After all, the local Taliban hardly needed satellites and computers to realize the advantages of mountains that they already knew as well as the faces of their children. Slab studied satellite imagery that by now was three days old. No snow showed on the peak in these pictures. He saw an old trench on the mountain peak that he assumed local fighters had occupied at one time, probably long ago. He did not plan to drop right down on the peak, in the unlikely event that an enemy force already occupied it.

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