By Jim Frederick
This is often the tale of a small staff of infantrymen from the one hundred and first Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit often called “the Black middle Brigade.” Deployed in past due 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of demise, a veritable meat grinder simply south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts came across themselves in arguably the country’s most threatening position at its most deadly time.
Hit by means of near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb assaults, struggling with a very heavy dying toll, and enduring a prolonged breakdown in management, contributors of 1 Black middle platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo corporation, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long journey of accountability, right into a tailspin of terrible self-discipline, substance abuse, and brutality.
Four 1st Platoon squaddies could perpetrate some of the most heinous warfare crimes U.S. forces have dedicated through the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi lady and the cold-blooded execution of her and her relatives. 3 different 1st Platoon squaddies will be overrun at a distant outpost—one killed instantly and taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses discovered days later booby-trapped with explosives.
Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on 1000s of hours of in-depth interviews with Black middle infantrymen and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of demise, Black Hearts is a undying tale approximately males in strive against and the fragility of personality within the savage crucible of struggle. however it is usually a well timed caution of recent hazards rising within the means American squaddies are led at the battlefields of the twenty-first century.
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Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death by Jim Frederick