Horse Soldiers

Horse Soldiers

The Extraordinary Story of A Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scribner, 2009.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781416580515
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 ST26A
Characteristics: xvi, 393 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Documents the post-September 11 mission during which a small band of Special Forces soldiers captured the strategic Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif as part of an effort to defeat the Taliban.

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Feb 20, 2018

An amazing true story of soldiers under equipped riding horses to battle the Taliban.

Feb 18, 2015

This is a awsome book that i am using for my High School IRB and it is a great book for a book report that you have to have either a foreign author or setting in another country.

ggbookreader Sep 19, 2012

Reading this book allows those of us that may not have or may not know someone in our present day wars some insight into the thoughts behind the events that have occurred in the last ten years with our American troops in the Eastern world. We read about the events, as we now know them, that occurred on September 11, 2001 and how America has responded from the point of view of the troops. This book offers readers a worth-while view of the events and offers insight, valuable information, and allows us to "see" the war from "inside" at the point of the war and how this war has an impact not just on the American troops, but troops of the Afghan people. In reading this book "Horse Soldiers" a sense of compassion and caring may come into your emotions and assist readers to understand a little more the mental & emotional toll of war.

Baybdots Aug 25, 2012

Enjoyed this read I never knew the US soldier used horses in Afganistan and worked with allied forces. I felt I did get to know the soldiers that were in the book and cried when one was killed. The cruelty the taliban were to women and children awful.

enigma122 Aug 14, 2012

modern soldiers on horse back interesting and different

KEVIN DOWD Aug 09, 2012

Interesting read detailing our Special Forces operations in Northern Afghanistan in 2001. I remember reading about this at the time.

Sensitive and detailed portrayal of men at war, of a different kind.

Sep 20, 2011

If this was a novel, I would call it unbelievable and unrealistic. But it's true, and that makes it so much more interesting.

Mario20 Aug 05, 2011

Very interesting read on the Special Forces (Army) Teams that deployed in Afghanistan after 9/11 to form a frienship with the Northern Alliance to fight against Al-Quaeda and the Taliban. It reads of more of a story form as oppossed to a textbook......highly reccomended.


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Feb 18, 2015

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