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  • Red Platoon
  • Clinton Romesha
  • English
  • 14 October 2017
  • 9780525955054
Red Platoon

characters ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Clinton Romesha Clinton Romesha ´ 6 Summary Read & Download µ Red Platoon ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Keating had become a kind of backhanded joke  In 2009 Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan Three years after its construction the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately I just finished Red Platoon by MOH winner Clinton Romesha With the recent announcement of the build up in Afghanistan this is a very timely read I believe that military history buffs as well as people interested in current events will devour this narrative Red Platoon is about the defense of a command outpost COP called Keating in Nuristan Afghanistan in October of 2009 The COP was in the middle of a valley and it was indefensible due to plunging fire from the surrounding ridges The base was so indefensible that the Army was preparing to evacuate it The evacuation was delayed because the Army was short of helicopters due to some other emergencies including the desertion of the infamous traitor Bowe Bergdahl The helicopters needed to evacuate this base were redeployed in the search for this deserter As a result the cavalry unit defending it had to stay on a few days too many This small outpost with about 50 men and an undisclosed amount of Afghanis became surrounded by about 500 Taliban that understood the art of war By the way the Afghanis to a man refused to fight Only their two Latvian trainers would fight This narrative by Romesha is uite the page turner I read it over the weekend It is a book that you cannot put down The first chapter reads like it would make a good movie script Romesha introduces each character with the customary verbiage and also by including a picture on the adjoining page The pages are filled with the typical locker room banter that young Americans at war chide each other with However Romesha adds some surprisingly deep philosophical commentary about the crucible of combatcrucible of war and how this influences young men to make some rash heat of the moment decisions He also spoke of a very talented scout by the name of Eric Snell who was killed in an earlier battle Romesha said I realized one of the fundamental truths about war is that horrible things can and often will happen to anybody even a soldier who has everything dialed to perfection I really like Romesha s description of calling in close air support a mere 100 200 yards in front of their position from a B 1 Lancer which he describes as a Dunkin Donuts of the sky The B 1 dropped 500 Lb and then 2000 Lb smart bombs Then Shrode and Bunderman performed a uick huddle to figure out how far they wanted to push inside the zone of what was called danger close the unspoken uestion between the two of them being What s the closest strike we can call in while lowering the odds that any of us will survive an additional ten percent One minute later they sent word to Bostickairbase that anything to within one hundred yards of Keating was fair game When you re less than two hundred yards from a massive bomb drop the impact is unspeakably violent The initial explosion registers as a deafening bolt of sound but the auditory assault doesn t really matter because the concussion that follows is so much powerful What s these forces sound plus shockwave are stacked so closely together that you re barely aware of the distinction What you feel mostly is a kind of vast pushing sensation almost as if an ocean wave has struck you in the solar plexus and through some strange trick of physics is now passing through your tissue your bones your entire bodyIf you haven t experienced directly the effect is hard to imagine unless you try to conceive what is might be like to be an especially tiny insect a type of mite say huddled inside a base drum of a heavy metal rock band Wow that was close you say to yourself as first shock registers and passes But damn it was kind of cool too you think as the last shock recedes And then you re struck with by a disturbing idea Oh my Goddid I just die and haven t realized it With President Trump announcing the build up in Afghanistan let us not repeat some of the mistakes that were made at Keating

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characters ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Clinton Romesha Clinton Romesha ´ 6 Summary Read & Download µ Red Platoon ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB It was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend    On October 3 2009 after years of constant smaller attacks the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating The ensuing 14 hour battle and eventual victory cost 8 men their lives    Red Platoon is the riveting first hand account of the Battle of Keating told by Romesha who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions I read this book first because it was my job and then I read it again because it blew my mind It s not the story of Navy SEALS or highly trained soldiers it s about young people who are barely old enough to vote or drink or are in the Army because it was their only option for a career and who end up facing the Taliban for a 14 hour firefight It doesn t get political it just gets compassionate Edouard Manet Rebel in a Frock Coat up facing the Taliban for a 14 hour firefight It doesn t get political it just gets compassionate

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characters ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Clinton Romesha Clinton Romesha ´ 6 Summary Read & Download µ Red Platoon ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB The only comprehensive firsthand account of the thirteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell   'It doesn't get better' To us that phrase nailed one of the essential truths maybe even the essential truth about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself I grew up with Clint and we were best friends for the better part of 18 years When I found out he was putting this book together I knew I would read it as soon as I got my hands on it and that I would give it a high rating because of the bias created by our friendship I have to say though now that I ve completed Red Platoon I would have given any author of this exceptional book 5 stars It reads like an action movie and then you stop and think oh wait this really happened He does a great job of setting up the scene and helping the reader get to know the guys he fought with It s apparent that Clint has done his best to make this book about those brave men that gave their lives to hold the ground at Keating rather than to glorify himself and his actions Like any movie I cannot really let myself become enveloped with the story without good character development Clint does a great job of helping the reader get to know the men that fought in the events that unfolded on October 3rd through vivid stories and genuine dialogue throughout This publication already has a place on my bookshelf and will never be taken down except for when I decide to begin reading it for the second time