Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

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Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan Author Doug Stanton
ISBN-10 1416580522
ISBN-13 9781416580522
Year 2010-05-11
Pages 432
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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From the New York Times bestselling author of In Harms Way comes a true life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9 11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban Outnumbered forty to one they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and after a series of intense battles captured the city of Mazar i Sharif which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country The bone weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city and the streets thronged with Afghans overjoyed that the Taliban regime had been overthrown Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops the Horse Soldiers were ambushed by the would be POWs Dangerously overpowered they fought for their lives in the citys immense fortress Qala i Janghi or the House of War At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign if the soldiers perished or were captured the entire effort to outmaneuver the Taliban was likely doomed Deeply researched and beautifully written Stantons account of the Americans quest to liberate an oppressed people touches the mythic The soldiers on horses combined ancient strategies of cavalry warfare with twenty first century aerial bombardment technology to perform a seemingly impossible feat Moreover their careful effort to win the hearts of local townspeople proved a valuable lesson for Americas ongoing efforts in Afghanistan

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