Military history

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

On October 3, 1993, about a hundred U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into a teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia, to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. The action was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they spent a long and terrible night fighting thousands of armed Somalis. By morning, eighteen Americans were dead, and more than seventy badly injured.

Chapter 1: Hail Mary, then Doom

Chapter 2: Dazed, blood-spattered and frantic

Chapter 3: A terrifying scene, then a big crash

Chapter 4: An outgunned but relentless enemy

Chapter 5: 'My God, you guys. Look at this!'

Chapter 6: Trying to get in sync amid the chaos

Chapter 7: Another grenade, another chopper hit

Chapter 8: A second crash, and no escape

Chapter 9: Alone, at the mercy of an angry mob

Chapter 10: At the base, bravery and hesitation

Chapter 11: Besieged, disoriented as bullets fly

Chapter 12: Left, right, left

Chapter 13: No cover from the flying grenades

Chapter 14: Hammered, and still no sign of help

Chapter 15: Ambush after ambush: Fighting just to stay alive

Chapter 16: Furious attacks on a second convoy

Chapter 17: At first crash site, more bodies

Chapter 18: Rescue team comes under fierce fire

Chapter 19: A desperate battle to hold the crash site

Chapter 20: Uneasy partners under heavy fire

Chapter 21: A shared quest: Punish the invaders

Chapter 22: A Ranger's plea for help as the body count climbs

Chapter 23: As darkness nears, a dreaded feeling

Chapter 24: Disarray in command, and trapped

Chapter 25: Confusion as rescue convoy rolls out

Chapter 26: At rescue, relief tinged with sorrow

Chapter 27: Durant's ordeal of agony and terror

Chapter 28: On TV, Durant's battered face

Chapter 29: The final chapter: Freeing a pilot, ending a mission