Day of the Rangers

Day of the Rangers

The Battle of Mogadishu 25 Years On

General Military
  • Author: Leigh Neville
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Sep 2018
  • Number of Pages: 352
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On October 3, 1993, Task Force Ranger was dispatched to seize two high-profile lieutenants of a Somali warlord. Special Forces troops were transported by ground vehicles and helicopters, and the mission was meant to be over within the hour. They quickly found themselves under heavy fire, and two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. With a hastily organized relief column many hours away, the American troops faced a desperate battle for survival.

Focusing on the stories of the soldiers on the ground, and in the air, Day of the Rangers reveals the experiences and recollections of the Special Forces units, including the Rangers, Delta operators and Nightstalker crews who fought in the battle of Mogadishu.

Published to mark the battle's 25th anniversary and using recently declassified documents and new interviews with many of the participants, Day of the Rangers is a fascinating and revealing new history of a battle that would influence American Special Forces for decades to come.

Biographical Note

Leigh Neville is an Australian national who has written a number of books on both modern conventional military units and special operations forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, their weapons and their vehicles, including Modern Snipers and Special Forces in the War on Terror. He has also consulted on military topics for several wargame companies and television documentary makers. He lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two dogs. He can be contacted via his website at


Foreword by Matt Eversmann
Dramatis Personae
CHAPTER 1: Gothic Serpent
CHAPTER 2: The First Six
CHAPTER 4: Big Sky, Small Bullet
CHAPTER 5: "We Are Their Only Hope”
CHAPTER 6: "Ranger, Ranger. You Die Somalia”
CHAPTER 7: The Long Night
CHAPTER 8: The Mogadishu Mile
CHAPTER 9: Maalintii Rangers

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