By Jim Frederick

This can be the tale of a small workforce of infantrymen from the a hundred and first Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit often called “the Black center Brigade.” Deployed in overdue 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of dying, a veritable meat grinder simply south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts came upon themselves in arguably the country’s most threatening position at its most deadly time.

Hit by way of near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb assaults, being affected by a very heavy loss of life toll, and enduring a protracted breakdown in management, participants of 1 Black middle platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo corporation, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long journey of accountability, right into a tailspin of bad self-discipline, substance abuse, and brutality.

Four 1st Platoon infantrymen might perpetrate some of the most heinous warfare crimes U.S. forces have dedicated throughout the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi lady and the cold-blooded execution of her and her relations. 3 different 1st Platoon squaddies will be overrun at a distant outpost—one killed instantly and taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses came upon days later booby-trapped with explosives.

Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on thousands of hours of in-depth interviews with Black middle squaddies and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of demise, Black Hearts is a undying tale approximately males in strive against and the fragility of personality within the savage crucible of struggle. however it can be a well timed caution of latest hazards rising within the means American infantrymen are led at the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

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But Mussolini will take what he can get. The panzers are led by the man whose name has already gained him a considerable reputation in the German high command. His name is Erwin Rommel. I n the years following the Great War, the American government is as divided as its people. As had been the case in 1914, many Americans are enormously reluctant to get involved in the rest of the world’s problems. In the 1920s, isolationist sentiment returns with even more vigor. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt assumes the presidency in 1933, the nation has suffered through three years of a Great Depression, and Roosevelt’s New Deal policies are designed to put the American economy back on its feet.

The armored cars rolled past the line of tanks, did not stop. He said aloud, to no one in particular, “Jeez. ” He calmed now, ignored the new sounds from the wireless, thought, guess those chaps don’t like eating that dust storm any more than we do. He looked out toward the dark cloud again, no more than a mile away, rolling closer. He let out a breath. Sure. Why not start the day with another one of these damned storms? By all means let’s eat dirt for breakfast. He began to move, lowering himself into the tank, then he stopped, frozen by a new sound.

Each of those stories has as much drama, sacrifice, and heroism as this one. But those are stories that would not fit here. To those who feel that their own history or that of their ancestors has been ignored, I apologize. The war in the Pacific, certainly, is an epic story that I would one day like to tell. This story follows several primary characters, including Dwight D. Eisenhower and Erwin Rommel, and two who are far more obscure, a tank gunner, Private Jack Logan, and a paratrooper, Sergeant Jesse Adams.

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