What Matt Eversmann finds most remarkable about the Battle of Mogadishu — that infamous Somalia street fight recounted in the book and movie “Black Hawk Down” — was just how quickly, how completely the mission devolved into chaos.
“In all of my training, in all of the things I’d done in my brief career, I could never imagine so many catastrophic things could happen,” says the retired U.S. Army Ranger, who was a 27-year-old staff sergeant on Oct. 3, 1993.
What should have been a 30-minute mission to capture Somali military leaders became a desperate, overnight fight to survive the next 16 hours. Eighteen Americans would die that day. Seventy-three were injured. Mobs dragged the bodies of several Special Forces casualties through the streets.