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Black hearts : one platoon's plunge into madness in the triangle of death and the American struggle in Iraq

Author: Jim Frederick
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This is an unflinching account of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment--a unit known as "the Black Heart Brigade." Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq's so-called Triangle of Death, the Black Hearts found themselves in the country's most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily attacks, suffering a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Frederick
ISBN: 9780307450753 0307450759
OCLC Number: 435711250
Description: xxiii, 439 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill., map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prelude : March 12, 2006 --
"We've got to get south Baghdad under control" --
The Kunk gun --
"This is now the most dangerous place in Iraq" --
Relief in place, transfer of authority --
1st Platoon at the JS Bridge --
Contact --
Route Sportster and Bradley Bridge --
Communication breakdowns --
The mean squad --
"Soldiers are not stupid" --
Nelson and Casica --
"It is fucking pointless" --
Britt and Lopez --
Leadership shake-up --
Gallagher --
February 1 --
Fenlason arrives --
Back to the TCPs --
The Mayor of Mullah Fayyad --
The Janabis --
Twenty-one days --
"We had turned a corner" --
The Alamo --
Dilemma and discovery --
"Remember that murder of that Iraqi family" --
The fight goes on --
"This was life and death stuff" --
Epilogue : The Triangle of Death today and trials at home.
Responsibility: Jim Frederick.

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This is an unflinching account of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment--a unit known as "the Black Heart Brigade." Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq's so-called Triangle of Death, the Black Hearts found themselves in the country's most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily attacks, suffering a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one platoon descended, over their year-long tour of duty, into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality. Four 1st Platoon soldiers would perpetrate one of the most heinous war crimes of the Iraq War--the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her family. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers, this is a timeless story about the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare.--From publisher description.

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