• Publication date: April 26, 2009

War In Africa Based On A True Story

Mark Bowden of the Philadelphia Inquirer told the story of the battle in his exhaustively researched, critically acclaimed best-selling book Black Hawk Down, detailing an ill-fated U.S. Army mission in Somalia. On 3 October 1993, Army Rangers and members of Delta Force participated in a covert operation in Mogadishu, Somalia that went horribly wrong. Sent to abduct two lieutenants of a known Somali warlord, the soldiers found themselves surrounded by hostile militia. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and many men lost their lives.

Mark Bowden of the Philadelphia Inquirer told the story of the battle in his exhaustively researched, critically acclaimed best-selling book 'Black Hawk Down', detailing an ill-fated U.S. Army mission in Somalia. On October 3, 1993, Army Rangers and members of Delta Force participated in a covert operation in Mogadishu, Somalia that went horribly wrong. Sent to abduct two lieutenants of a known Somali warlord, the soldiers found themselves surrounded by hostile militia. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and many men lost their lives.

The raid by the Delta operators was successful and the wanted persons were captured and taken into American custody. However, when Somali militia armed with RPGs downed two Black Hawk helicopters, a 30 minute mission becomes a pitched battle between the American forces and Somali militia.

Director Ridley Scott [Gladiator] and screenwriter Ken Nolan have done an amazing job of bringing this story to the screen. Like Bowden's book, the film does not thoroughly examine the context of the conflict, but only gives a detailed blow-by-blow account of the fighting.

The movie recounts the efforts by the American soldiers to get to the crash sites and recover their wounded personnel. Most of the action centers on a few soldiers, such as Staff Sgt. Eversmann, Lt. Col. McKnight and his rescue convoy that get ambushed throughout the hostile city, the efforts of Cpt. Steele, and the fictional character of Sfc. Jeff Sanderson as they attempt to lead the Rangers to the first Black Hawk crash site.

"Black Hawk Down" was released in 2001 and has grossed $108,585,355 in box-office revenues. It stars Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, and Eric Bana. The film runs for 152 minutes detailing the brutal violence of war and has been rated R for intense, realistic, graphic war violence, and for language.