A Black Hawk Down veteran has shared an unseen photo of the. Australian military historian Leigh Neville tracked down survivors of the hellish 18-hour battle which led to the deaths of 18 American troops, left 73 wounded and killed hundreds of Somali fighters.
Also to know is, what is the true story of Black Hawk Down?
The film tells the story of the Battle of Mogadishu also known as the Day of the Rangers after the elite group of US soldiers who were involved in the operation. It was adapted from a book by American journalist Mark Bowden – Black Hawk Down: a story of modern war.
One may also ask, was Black Hawk Down a success?
Still, in his definitive account, The Atlantic's Mark Bowden wrote that the Special Forces who fought in Mogadishu were "proud of successfully completing their mission." Overall, 43 Americans died in Somalia, or one for every 2,500 Somali lives saved.
How many US troops were killed in Somalia?
The Somali casualties were reported in The Washington Post as 312 killed and 814 wounded. The Pentagon initially reported five American soldiers were killed, but the toll was actually 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded.
How many Marines were killed in Somalia?
So far, six American personnel have died in Somalia. U.S. Marines have killed dozens of Somalis since they arrived three months ago in Operation Restore Hope. In most instances they have been under genuine threat from the trigger-happy bandits who had enjoyed free run of the country.