Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-team at War

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Macmillan, May 30, 2006 - History - 265 pages
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On April 6, 2003, twenty-six Green Berets, including those of Sergeant 1st Class Frank Anentori's Special Forces A-Team (call sign Roughneck Nine One), led a violent battle against a vastly superior force at the remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. In an already legendary conflict that will influence US Army doctrine for years to come, the Green Berets stopped an enemy unit that included battle tanks and more than 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. Any normal American light infantry unit finding itself outnumbered over five to one and outgunned on the ground by such a heavily armored force would have turned and run for cover. But Green Berets don't like to run and Nine One Don't Run was Antenori's team's motto from the very beginning. In a spectacular fight, they battled Iraqi tanks and personnel until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield.
In the process, Nine One encountered hordes of news media, and at the peak of the fight, a US Navy F-14 dropped a 500-pound bomb in the middle of a group of supporting Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, killing and wounding dozens. This is the never-before-told, unsanitized, unedited story of the fight for the crossroads at Debecka, Iraq, and a unique inside look at a Special Forces A-Team as it recruits and organizes, trains for combat, and eventually fights a battle against a huge opposing force in Iraq.
Roughneck Nine One is a powerful look inside a Special Forces A-Team and its dramatic and controversial battle against a huge opposing force, and a revealing story of the role of Special Forces in the ongoing war in Iraq.

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User Review  - twylyghtbay - LibraryThing

Authors do a good job describing the psychological stresses soldiers suffer waiting for permission to do their job. Also, how difficult it is to accept orders from superiors who don't support the ... Read full review

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User Review  - chriszodrow - LibraryThing

Read this two years ago. One may argue with the reasons and confusion surrounding these wars, but the men who fight them are a special bunch. Physical bravery and a deep concern for others is a hallmark of them all. This is an amazing story, and a tragic one as well. Read full review


ONE Ambush at Gardez
TWO The Road to Special Forces
THREE Adventures in Botswana
FOUR Warning Order for Iraq
FIVE Fort Pickett Virginia
SIX Birth of the Black Sheep
SEVEN From Zeros to Heroes in Just One Night
EIGHT Mission Impossible
ELEVEN Across the Green Line
TWELVE Unfriendly Fire
THIRTEEN Javelin Ace and Tank Kill
FOURTEEN Chaos on Rock
FIFTEEN Standdown
SIXTEEN AfterAction Review
Special Forces Killed in Action

NINE Northern Safari
TEN Objective Rock

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SFC Frank Antenori, US Army (Retired) joined the Special Forces in 1988. Since then, he has participated in numerous operations in over thirty-four countries and has been awarded numerous decorations and citations, with seven received for combat actions.
Hans Halberstadt has authored or coauthored more than fifty books, most on military subjects, especially US special operations forces, armor, and artillery. He served in the US Army as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam.

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