Horse soldiers: the extraordinary story of a band of U.S. soldiers who rode to victory in Afghanistan

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The inspiration for the major motion picture 12 Strong from Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon. From the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s 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 city’s 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, Stanton’s 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 America’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan.
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subject_facet Afghan War, 2001- -- Aerial operations, American, Afghan War, 2001- -- Cavalry operations, American, Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal narratives, American, Mazār-i Sharīf (Afghanistan) -- History, Military -- 21st century, Soldiers -- Afghanistan -- History -- 21st century, Soldiers -- United States -- History -- 21st century, Special operations (Military science) -- Afghanistan -- History -- 21st century, USA -- Heer -- Special Forces, United States. -- Army. -- Special Forces -- History -- 21st century, Urban warfare -- Afghanistan -- Mazār-i Sharīf -- History -- 21st century
title_display Horse soldiers : the extraordinary story of a band of U.S. soldiers who rode to victory in Afghanistan
title_full Horse soldiers : the extraordinary story of a band of U.S. soldiers who rode to victory in Afghanistan / Doug Stanton
title_short Horse soldiers :
title_sub the extraordinary story of a band of U.S. soldiers who rode to victory in Afghanistan