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Red Platoon Free read ¸ 4 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

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Red Platoon Free read ¸ 4 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. It doesn t get betterWhyWhy do we keep making decisions like this I understand the idea behind a line of outposts to disrupt the enemy s sphere of control but how do you put an outpost here It doesn t get betterTo 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 Keating has become a kind of backhanded joke A byword for the army s peculiar flair for stacking odds against itself in a way that was almost guaranteed to blow up in some spectacular fashion and then refusing to walk away from the tableThe location the analysts selected was unacceptable by almost any yardstick you d care to measure it with Positioned only fourteen miles from the Pakistan border the site was ensconced in the deepest valley of Nuristan s Kamdesh District at a spot that resembled the bowl of a toilet It was surrounded by steep mountains whose summits went as high as twelve thousand feet and whose ridgelines would enable an enemy to pour fire down on the outpost while remaining concealed behind a thick scrim of trees and bouldersWhat makes this an even tragic incident is that the decision had been made to abandon the outpost and in fact the three platoons on site Red White and Blue were to be the last before the outpost was destroyed So close that some of the medical supplies had been boxed up ready to be airlifted outEarly in the morning of October 3 2009 the Taliban began a sophisticated multi pronged attack on the outpost pinning down most of the fighting positions around the outpost The outpost teeters on the edge before the first air attack is carried out by Apache helicopters Over time a tremendous amount of air support is called in and even included a B 1 bomber dropping 500 to 2000 pound bombsI have read many of these battle experience books over the last several years but this stands out for a couple of reasons First the sheer lunacy of the outpost positioning itself Second Romesha spoke with other members of the platoons before writing the book to provide a better overall perspective of the battle This book also seemed to paint an honest picture of the action and reaction of fellow soldiers Not everybody in the platoon got along not everyone was gung ho balls to the wall It seemed like a realistic view of the workings of a group of men put together in an almost impossible situation910

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Red Platoon Free read ¸ 4 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. Reread x4 Reading Rush I feel myself coming back to this book about every 15 2 years because this is a book I can never stop thinking about It has imprinted on me in a way that will never fade This book leaves the ego arrogance and USA yeehaw out and brings us a real raw and painful account of the Battle of Keating One thing I love is while reading there are pictures of the men he introduces you too and even after the introduction it feels as though you know them yourself The pictures while reading provide this humanness to the men he talks about letting the reader know that these were real people that died friends that died and with the connection of these pictures my heart hurts a bit If you have to read one military autobiographynonfiction book I highly recommend this one This story is about a platoon not just one person but average men who were put to an extraordinary testUPDATE This is the third time I have now read this book and every time it hits me right in the feels and when I read it I hope that things turn out differently that the people who died didn t and the decisions made were revoked Every time I read this book I learn about combat brotherhood friends and the bonds between humans that surprises me This book should be read by everyone to gain an understanding of what people were going through thinking and feeling during combat to better tie the rift between soldiers and civilians I will always be coming back to this book and I will continue to reread it for the rest of my life Where do I startThis book exceeded my expectations and now has become one of my top favorite books of all time This book made me laugh it made me cry and sometimes I had to put it down due to what they were going through that I had to think about itWhat I love about this book is that Romesha would talk about the guys in his platoon their personalities their physical appearance everything and beside the words are pictures of the guys which I think is a powerful and effective way to show the reader that they were real people that this was what they were likeThis book wasn t political it is not egotistical in anyway which I really enjoyed It s about the battle its about surviving sacrifices but also the brotherhood of this platoon Highly recommend Meagann

  • Hardcover
  • 378
  • Red Platoon
  • Clinton Romesha
  • English
  • 12 August 2017
  • 9780525955054