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12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers
A Big Sunday hello to you! Still a scorcher here on Long Island and I'm pretty sure I will be laying low most of the day.
Did I mention that I'm working on a few writing projects? Yes - I'm working on a few travel books. The big reveal will happen for your guys at the end of August, so stay tuned!!
With all this hot weather, I took to staying indoors most of the evening yesterday, after getting my hair done.
In addition to writing, I managed to watch not one, but two movies. It's funny, because as I was about to write the titles, I realized that both films have "numbers" in the titled.
The first movie, Mile 22, caught my eye because it starred Mark Wahlberg. I always enjoy the movies that he stars in, which, for the most part are action and/or suspense.
Mile 22 is about a CIA mission, with Mark Wahlberg playing one of the key operatives. It was very good, but I was not happy with the way it ended. It's currently on Showtime on Demand.
Not having my fill of good guys versus bad guys, I turned to HBO on Demand and settled on 12 Strong, starring among others, Chris Hemsworth.
This story was much more interesting to me as was true.
Also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, is a 2018 American action war drama film that depicts an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent to Afghanistan after the attacks of 9/11 to undertake a dangerous mission to strike back against the Taliban.
Operational Detachment-Alpha 595 (ODA 595 for short), was the first combat troops deployed to Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
Their mission included convincing ethnic leaders (some were more similar to warlords) to join forces with them to fight their common enemy: the Taliban and its Al Qaeda allies.
Because of the mountainous terrain in northern Afghanistan, the troops were provided with horses by Afghan tribes cooperating with the U.S. military. Many of the soldiers had never ridden on horseback before and were not expecting to fight cavalry-style on foreign soil.
It was really captivating and kept me on the edge of my seat. The direction and overall filming was fabulous and the acting was great! I definitely recommend catching this one.
This mission was so top secret that it was not made known to the general public, however, the valiant efforts of these brave green berets has its place of honor in New York City, at the site of the former Twin Towers and current home of the Freedom Tower with an 18-foot bronze statue called “De Oppresso Liber,” depicting a Green Beret soldier on horseback.
This, was dedicated in Liberty Park in September 2016.
Be sure to pay homage to these brave men on your next visit to lower Manhattan and Liberty Park.
Enjoy your day!!