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Tely it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend    On Octoberafter years of constant smaller attacks the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating The ensuing hour battle and eventual victory cost men their lives    Red Platoon is the riveting first hand account of the Battle of Keating told by Romesha who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions  The Battle of KamdeshI watched The Outpost Scott Eastwood Caleb Landry Jones and Orlando Bloom when it was released this summer then later knew of this book Red Platoon reads like an action thriller but it s a true story of real life heroesCombat Outpost KeatingKamdesh was in mountainous Nuristan province near Pakistan border Whose great idea to have a Combat Outpost COP at the bottom of a deep valley surrounded by mountains The narrow roads along the steep mountains were unsafe with freuent ambush by Taliban insurgents They stop using this road for resupply after 1st Lt Benjamin Keating drove a LMTV on said road and it collapsed Keating died from his injuries 2006 Since then supplies were delivered at night by air COP Keating wasn t fully supplied and considered indefensible Due to diplomacy and politics at the time evacuation and closing keep getting postponed On October 3 2009 just before 6 am roughly 300 heavily armed Taliban attacked COP Keating from all sides Later they received air assault support but visibility was bad from smoke of burning barracks Eight soldiers were KIA one later from PTSD 27 wounded Many medals were awarded including two Medals of Honor for Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha and Specialist Ty Carter

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Red Platoon

The only comprehensive firsthand account of the thirteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell   'It doesn't get better' To us that phrase nailed one of the essential truths maybe even the essential truth about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name it I grew up with Clint and we were best friends for the better part of 18 years When I found out he was putting this book together I knew I would read it as soon as I got my hands on it and that I would give it a high rating because of the bias created by our friendship I have to say though now that I ve completed Red Platoon I would have given any author of this exceptional book 5 stars It reads like an action movie and then you stop and think oh wait this really happened He does a great job of setting up the scene and helping the reader get to know the guys he fought with It s apparent that Clint has done his best to make this book about those brave men that gave their lives to hold the ground at Keating rather than to glorify himself and his actions Like any movie I cannot really let myself become enveloped with the story without good character development Clint does a great job of helping the reader get to know the men that fought in the events that unfolded on October 3rd through vivid stories and genuine dialogue throughout This publication already has a place on my bookshelf and will never be taken down except for when I decide to begin reading it for the second time

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Self Keating had become a kind of backhanded joke  In Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan Three years after its construction the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immedia It doesn t get betterWhyWhy do we keep making decisions like this I understand the idea behind a line of outposts to disrupt the enemy s sphere of control but how do you put an outpost here It doesn t get betterTo us that phrase nailed one of the essential truths maybe even the essential truth about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself Keating has become a kind of backhanded joke A byword for the army s peculiar flair for stacking odds against itself in a way that was almost guaranteed to blow up in some spectacular fashion and then refusing to walk away from the tableThe location the analysts selected was unacceptable by almost any yardstick you d care to measure it with Positioned only fourteen miles from the Pakistan border the site was ensconced in the deepest valley of Nuristan s Kamdesh District at a spot that resembled the bowl of a toilet It was surrounded by steep mountains whose summits went as high as twelve thousand feet and whose ridgelines would enable an enemy to pour fire down on the outpost while remaining concealed behind a thick scrim of trees and bouldersWhat makes this an even tragic incident is that the decision had been made to abandon the outpost and in fact the three platoons on site Red White and Blue were to be the last before the outpost was destroyed So close that some of the medical supplies had been boxed up ready to be airlifted outEarly in the morning of October 3 2009 the Taliban began a sophisticated multi pronged attack on the outpost pinning down most of the fighting positions around the outpost The outpost teeters on the edge before the first air attack is carried out by Apache helicopters Over time a tremendous amount of air support is called in and even included a B 1 bomber dropping 500 to 2000 pound bombsI have read many of these battle experience books over the last several years but this stands out for a couple of reasons First the sheer lunacy of the outpost positioning itself Second Romesha spoke with other members of the platoons before writing the book to provide a better overall perspective of the battle This book also seemed to paint an honest picture of the action and reaction of fellow soldiers Not everybody in the platoon got along not everyone was gung ho balls to the wall It seemed like a realistic view of the workings of a group of men put together in an almost impossible situation910


10 thoughts on “Red Platoon

  1. says:

    After back to back tours of duty often demanded of a soldier hisher next mission may not get better cushier or less dangerous which fatally was the case for the Black Knight Troop a mechanized armor unit whose sixty five

  2. says:

    I grew up with Clint and we were best friends for the better part of 18 years When I found out he was putting this book together I knew I would read it as soon as I got my hands on it and that I would give it a

  3. says:

    Red Platoon is easily the best first hand account of a military action that I have read There is a rare feel of honesty and nobility i

  4. says:

    It doesn't get betterWhyWhy do we keep making decisions like this I understand the idea behind a line of outposts to disrupt the enemy's sphere of control but how do you put an outpost here It doesn't get betterTo us that phrase nai

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    Received an Advanced Reader's Copy from Goodreads Give Away programFor me this was a very emotional read The book was very detailed gave an excellent chronology of the events as well as introducing the reader to many of the individuals involved The book shows a great detail of research was involved in compiling the bookIn ways it

  6. says:

    I just finished Red Platoon by MOH winner Clinton Romesha With the recent announcement of the build up in Afghanistan this is a very timely read I believe that military history buffs as well as people interested in current events will devour this narrative Red Platoon is about the defense of a command outpost COP called

  7. says:

    The Battle of KamdeshI watched The Outpost Scott Eastwood Caleb Landry Jones and Orlando Bloom when it was released this summer then later knew of this book Red Platoon reads like an action thriller but it's a true story of real life heroesComb

  8. says:

    I read this book first because it was my job and then I read it again because it blew my mind It's not the stor

  9. says:

    Reread x4 Reading Rush I feel myself coming back to this book about every 15 2 years because this is a book I can never stop thinking about It has imprinted on me in a way that will never fade This book leaves the ego arrogance and US

  10. says:

    Difficult read Unbelievable that this Keating was set up to defend in its location in the first place It seems the incompetent directi

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