Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's by Jim Frederick

By Jim Frederick

This can be the tale of a small crew of squaddies from the one hundred and first Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit often called “the Black middle Brigade.” Deployed in past due 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of demise, a veritable meat grinder simply south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts discovered themselves in arguably the country’s most deadly position at its most deadly time.

Hit via near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb assaults, struggling with a very heavy loss of life toll, and enduring a prolonged breakdown in management, participants of 1 Black center platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo corporation, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long travel of responsibility, right into a tailspin of bad self-discipline, substance abuse, and brutality.

Four 1st Platoon infantrymen may perpetrate some of the most heinous battle 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 infantrymen will be overrun at a distant outpost—one killed instantly and taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses came across days later booby-trapped with explosives.

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

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