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Monday, April 6, 2009

Anniversary Of Debecka Pass

On this day six years ago, a little known battle was fought between 26 members of the US Special Forces (Green Berets), Operational Detachment Alpha's 391, 392, and 044, along with 80 Kurdish fighters, and about 152 members of the Iraqi Republican guard, Saddam Hussein's elite bodyguard unit.

In a thrilling display of skill, the Green Berets, almost singlehandedly defeated the Iraqis at Debecka Pass, a strategic crossroads connecting the cities of Mosul and Kirkuk. The complete story of this battle from one of the participants can be read in a book entitled Roughneck Nine-One. It shows the genius behind the Green Beret philosophy: that a small group of well trained, well armed men can soundly defeat a superior force. I especially like it because there are no women in the Green Berets. In fact, one of the more humorous parts of the book involves a discussion between the author and a woman reporter, who berates him for firing on the fleeing enemy. He calmly and patiently explains "the rules of land warfare", that the fleeing Iraqis constitute an armed enemy and that armed enemies are to be killed until they surrender.
There is a fair amount of bad language in the book, so use discretion.

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Blogger Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

A'ight, ya dun sold me on this here book already....

You should see my latest review, the gun audio cd....

April 6, 2009 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment!

I would love to see your review after you read it!

April 7, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

I already posted it, here:

Stay tuned for some more reviews, hopefully soon.... I read Agincourt and have some serious issues. I recently saw Body of Lies--were you interested?

April 10, 2009 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Ok, I just posted my Agincourt review. Please read it, and enjoy!

April 12, 2009 at 1:31 AM  

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