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    malc johnston
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    Leave no man behind “Black Hawk Down”

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    There was never even supposed to be a Battle of Mogadishu. In one of his final acts after losing the 1992 election to Bill Clinton, President George H.W. Bush sent American forces into Somalia on a humanitarian mission to bring food to the victims of a raging civil war and man-made famine.

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    But by the fall of 1993, the mission had expanded to one of restoring a government in Somalia. On Oct. 3, a special ops team was sent into Mogadishu to arrest two top lieutenants of the warlord Mohammed Aidid, who controlled the city.

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    “They estimated it would take 30 minutes to 45 minutes to conduct the raid, but things did not go well,” says journalist Mark Bowden, who reported on the events of that day.

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    His account, first in The Philadelphia Inquirer, then in a book and finally in a blockbuster film, gave the Battle of Mogadishu the name by which it’s better known today: Black Hawk Down.

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    Bowden interviewed the men who survived the mission, including Shawn Nelson, an M60 gunner who roped down to the scene from a helicopter.

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    “We immediately started taking fire from the ground. I could see people below us with weapons maneuvering about,” he told Bowden.

    Nelson said that rangers did arrest their two targets, along with about 20 other Somalis who were in a house with them. But taking on so much fire in the busy streets, there was no way to get out fast.

    “The longer they stayed, the intensity of the fire that the troops encountered increased, including the fire directed at the helicopters overhead,” Bowden says.

    About 40 minutes into the mission, one of the Black Hawk helicopters circling overheard was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, spun out of control and crashed. Not long after, a second Black Hawk was shot down. More men were sent in to secure the crash sites and get the soldiers out. But the rescue team itself got pinned down.

    “I said a little prayer,” says Spc. Phil Lepre, who was on that rescue convoy, “took off my helmet, looked at my daughter’s picture, I said, ‘Babe, I hope you have a wonderful life.’ ”

    The 15-hour battle that ensued left 18 Americans dead and 73 injured. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Somalis were killed. U.S. Army pilot Mike Durant was captured and held by Somali militants for 11 days.

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    #22055
    Mike
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    That is some pretty excellent looking terrain!

    #22057
    malc johnston
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    Thanks it took me just under 6 weeks to create it all, the target building is correct and the hotel is and with 5 floors to battle on each level, crazy hobby we have eh !

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    #22063
    kyoteblue
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    Wowzer !!!!

    #22070
    Rod Robertson
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    Malc:

    You even have figures repelling from choppers! How hardcore is that? I am impressed. Great models and figures and lovely photos. Thanks for posting that.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #22076
    War Panda
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    kyoteblue said it best: Wowser !!!

    Amazing stuff! Thanks for the inspiring post

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

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    malc johnston
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    Malc:
    You even have figures repelling from choppers! How hardcore is that? I am impressed. Great models and figures and lovely photos. Thanks for posting that.
    Cheers and good gaming.
    Rod Robertson.

    Yep that is hardcore, what impress me the most about this period after watching the movie so many times, i really thought it was over the top Hollywood, but everything you see in the movie happened as it was, i’ve read so many books on it and i can’t fault the movie, hats off to Hollywood for getting it right.

    The rope i just had to do, buildings are correct as it was,the Hotel has five floors and the target building is the correct shape and size again with floors to fight inside, enjoyable period to game but have decided to write the rules because we have so many figures on the table at once other skirmish rules just can’t handle it.

    Great forum by the way glad i found it.

    Willyoupleasehelpmefixmykeyboard?Thespacebarisbroken!

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