12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
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12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers Audiobook by Doug Stanton is a book depicting the story of the American soldiers who served a special purpose in Afganistan. These small group of soldiers was airdropped in Afganistan and they were not directly involved in combat. They were secretly slipped into the Taliban and Al Qaeda territory.
They rode on mountain-ready horses and provided the coordinates of the Taliban strongholds to the US planes for the bombing. The US was carrying out blind bombing before this. These small group of American soldiers was operating in a hostile environment with people around them with unpredictable behavior. They rode on small horses more like ponies who were trained for carrying the load in the mountainous and undulating terrain.
This group was severely outnumbered and was extremely limited on supplies and ammunition. These trained soldiers carried out guerrilla assaults against enemy troops and contributed to coordinating of targeted air strikes. These group of soldiers was highly effective in America’s strike against terror in Afganistan. As the Americans struggled to hold their ground, they faced some of the most ferocious and intense combat battles.
The horse riders also contributed heavily in capturing of the strongholds and important cities of the Al Qaeda territory. These group of heroes battled and fought on horsebacks in some of the most hostile and treacherous terrains. America’s first counter against terror in Afganistan was an old-fashioned, horse-mounted cavalry.
12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers Audiobook by Doug Stanton received positive reviews from the critics and the readers. The narrative seems like a novel to read instead of a military history book. The author has depicted the vivid descriptions of the battle, the stories of the brave soldiers and their families etc.
The difficulties faced by the soldiers in a hostile environment has been nicely captured by the author. The book is deeply researched and a story of American efforts to liberalize the oppressed masses in Afganistan and it makes for an interesting read. The book is a page-turner and unputdownable till the end. This is a recommended read for readers interested in military stories and issues.