Black Hearts

Black Hearts

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This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Divisiona€™s fabled 502nd Infantry Regimenta€”a unit known as a€œthe Black Heart Brigade.a€ Deployed in late 2005 to Iraqa€™s so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the countrya€™s most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb attacks, suffering from a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one Black Heart platoona€”1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battaliona€”descended, over their year-long tour of duty, into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality. Four 1st Platoon soldiers would perpetrate one of the most heinous war crimes U.S. forces have committed during the Iraq Wara€”the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her and her family. Three other 1st Platoon soldiers would be overrun at a remote outposta€”one killed immediately and two taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses found days later booby-trapped with explosives. Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century. From the Hardcover edition.Small-Vnit Leadera#39;s Guide to Urban Operations: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures. Newsletter No. 03-4. ... U.S. Army Field Manual 3-90: a#39;Parties. Washington, D.C: Department of the Army Headquarters. July 2001 . ( a#39;nited States v. fames P.

Title:Black Hearts
Author:Jim Frederick
Publisher:Crown - 2010-02-09


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