Skip to comments.War reporter directs new film, ‘Horse Soldiers of 9/11′ (trailer-amazing heroes!)
Posted on 07/04/2012 5:41:09 PM PDT by STARWISE
It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan. All at once, the worlds attention focused on an iconic photo of those Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: They rode horses into combat.
Horse Soldiers of 9/11
Their secret mission: secure northern Afghanistan by advising the warring tribal factions that formed the Northern Alliance. During the 2011 Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, a new monument to these men and to all Americans in uniform made its way down New York Citys famed Fifth Avenue on the way to its final home, a stones throw from Ground Zero.
War reporter Alex Quade who covered the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, has produced her first film that will premiere at the G.I. Film Festival, May 20 in Washington, D.C. The film is narrated by actor Gary Sinise.
Quade covers U.S. Special Operations Forces on combat missions downrange. She is the recipient of the Congressional Medal Of Honor Societys Tex McCrary Award For Excellence In Journalism for her war reportage.
Quade worked at Fox News Channel before heading overseas in 1998 to cover war zones and hostile environments as a freelancer, mainly for CNN. Extreme storytelling and silent risk-taking lie at the heart of what she does. As a one-man-band, she embeds with elite combat units several months at a time, producing exclusive, long-form, special series and documentaries.
Quades commitment to providing viewers ground truth behind the worlds conflict zones has kept her boots on the ground. For her award-winning Brothers In Arms for CNNs Paula Zahn Now, Quade followed an Army National Guard family for 18-months, from Idaho to Iraq, and back. Following the programs airing on CNN, President George W. Bush publicly recognized the family for their bravery.
Quades dedication to giving voice to those in the fight is evident in Hunting IEDs for CNNs The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer and CNNs Anderson Cooper 360″. Her series gave viewers their first inside look at a dangerous Marine Platoon mission in Fallujah. The U.S. Department of Defense Joint IED Defeat Task Force has used her piece as a case study.
In Combat Search And Rescue for CNNs The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer and The Glenn Beck Show on Headline News (HLN), Quade shared high-risk rescue missions from the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan with U.S. Special Operations Forces.
Alex Quade has been embedded with every branch of the U.S. military, and serves on the Board of Military Reporters and Editors, the association of military journalists.
Lanterloon will be interviewing Quade in May.
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If Gary Sinise is involved, this is 100% the real deal.
Lt. Dan is the man.
I saw a special about this on cable a bit ago & posted a link in the Canteen.
I had no idea about these horse soldiers & found it fascinating!
as one who was there, did SHE give the troops what they really needed and the government would not give them???????.
ps, if you have never been in a female free zone,, don't comment.
Thank you and God bless you for your service.
Hope tomorrow’s a better day for you.
Women only have one reason to be in a combat zone,, sex.
This is awesome! I had an active duty friend tell me about this back when it was happening—USAF combat controllers on horseback calling in air strikes—no way I said! But then, as the clip shos, Rumsfeld even confirmed it. It’s good to see the video confirmation!
Dude rode with a broken back. I tell you what bro’s, y’all have some guts.
If you read the book....The end of it warns not to put troops in ...just use special forces..and let the afghans do the fighting...
Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan [Paperback]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puts human faces to the few who prepared the way for an unpopular war. Thoughtful and riveting., May 18, 2009
By Timothy J. Bazzett “ReedCityBoy” (Reed City, MI USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan (Hardcover)
Doug Stanton was born in the Reed City Public Library. In fact I have heard him say this. Of course at the time it was the Reed City Hospital, but it still makes a great opening line for a review of Doug’s newest book, HORSE SOLDIERS, recently released by Scribner. Because Stanton writes like he was born to it. Here is history that reads like the best fiction of the action-adventure type.
Now a resident of Traverse City where he grew up, Doug is a product of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His first book, IN HARM’S WAY (2001), was an international bestseller. After reading HORSE SOLDIERS, I strongly suspect it will enjoy similar success.
The subtitle of Stanton’s new book may be problematic for some. It reads: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan. And, in a nutshell, it’s a good description of the book’s content. Because the soldiers described in these pages are indeed extraordinary people who deserve to be recognized. The problem for some more politically oriented readers, however, will be the word “victory.” They will argue that the U.S. has not achieved victory in Afghanistan and probably never will.
But this is not a book about politics. This is a book about ordinary people, military men and officers, who have trained hard and dedicated their lives to safeguarding the security of our nation, both here and abroad. They are not political people. They were given a mission, and they carried it out to the best of their abilities, despite extreme hardships and unbelievably primitive conditions. They suffered hunger, thirst, cold, exhaustion, sickness and wounds incurred in battle. Against what appeared to be insurmountable odds, these Special Forces soldiers and Special Ops pilots (and a few CIA paramilitaries) persevered and were indeed successful in carrying out their mission, the taking of the town of Mazar-e-Sharif from the Taliban forces. Working in concert with the combined forces of several Afghan warlords of the Northern Alliance, the SF teams lived in caves or in the open, and ate what their Afghan allies ate - often little or nothing. They traveled on horseback, even though many of them had never been on a horse before. This initially prompted some rather comical scenes reminiscent of episodes from F Troop. But despite the too-small wooden saddles, too-short stirrups, and bleeding sores, they quickly adapted. And once mounted, these few dozen courageous soldiers became the first Americans of the twenty-first century to participate in a cavalry charge, racing up and down ridges against vastly superior Taliban forces as they marched steadily north to their objective of Mazar-e-Sharif. In a strange combination of spaghetti western and Star Wars, the Americans, packing radios, GPS devices and laser sights, called in gunships and pinpointed bomb strikes to put the fear of Allah into their numerically superior black-turbaned enemies.
The story told here covers no more than a couple of months’ time shortly after the 9/11 bombings of New York. But, sticking to the style that earned him such success in his first book, Stanton fleshes out the narrative with personal details on all the principals involved, having interviewed the men, their friends, families and superior officers. He was able to do this by gaining unprecedented access to the lives of soldiers who are ordinarily very silent about their activities. Stanton logged literally thousands of miles of travel in the six years he spent researching his story, not just here in the U.S., but also in Afghanistan, where he interviewed some of the warlords involved in the operation, as well as various citizens and shopkeepers of Mazar-e-Sharif, the town liberated from the Taliban in November 2001. You will meet men - and their families - from Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota, West Virginia, California, Kansas, Texas and Michigan. Any one of them could be your neighbor.
The story reaches a horrific climax in the closing chapters when several hundred Taliban prisoners being held in the ancient mud fortress of Qala-i-Janghi rise up and attack their Northern Alliance jailers, and the SF soldiers are caught in the middle of the ensuing siege and resulting bloodbath.
I am sure HORSE SOLDIERS will have its detractors, people who will argue that invading Afghanistan was not the proper response to the 9/11 attacks. And I would not completely disagree with them. And perhaps neither would Doug Stanton, judging by his epilogue critique of the war as it has been waged since 2001. Stanton’s intent, however, was not to justify the war, but to honor the men who followed orders and prepared the way, at great cost to them and to their families. In this he has succeeded admirably.
Here is how Stanton explains his motives, at least in part, for writing this book about a period of just a few weeks which may one day be no more than a blip on history’s radar -
“... I wanted to know what it was like to wake in the predawn hours on a tree-lined street in the middle of America and leave for war ... Children’s toys fill the cracked driveways of the neighbors’ houses up and down the street ... This was the face I wanted to see ... the face of that man, in those private hours.”
Stanton found that man - those men - who left for war, and he is Everyman. Yet he is unique, apart. And we owe him.
- Tim Bazzett is the author of the Cold War memoir, Soldier Boy: At Play in the ASA. He lives in Reed City, MI.
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I remember seeing these soldiers on horseback at the beginning of the war in Afghanistan! It was cool seeing them ride with the Northern Alliance.
I think Jerry Bruckheimer has the feature film rights to the book. Don’t know what is happening with it...
Coming to a theater near you soon?
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