It inspired one of the most captivating war films of this century, but the events of the Battle of Mogadishu remain controversial in the history of the US Military. While Hollywood lent its own gloss to the inspirational and tragic stories of the battle, History of War issue 23 re-visits this iconic clash to present the brutal, but nonetheless gripping, reality of Black Hawk Down. Join Lt. Col. (ret) Thomas DiTomasso as he recounts his first-hand experience on the ground, leading his squad of Rangers and witnessing the chaos unfolding around him. You can also delve into the technical marvel of the MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter – the machine infamous for its role during the battle.
Also in issue 23 you can follow the grisly history of trench warfare, from its ruthless early use by the Roman army, to its harrowing peak during the Great War. Elsewhere you can become better acquainted with Otto Skorzeny, the scar-faced Nazi commando who rescued Mussolini from a mountain, caused mayhem behind American lines in the Ardennes offensive, and even had an affair with Eva Perón (definitely…probably).
Also in issue 23:
– Last stand of the samurai: Satsuma rebellion
– The Briefing: Soviet-Afghan War
– Clash of Koreas
– Operator’s Handbook: Blackburn Buccaneer
– England’s axe warriors: the real housecarls
– Medal of Honor Hero: Daniel Daly
– Artefact of War: Erik XIV’s armour
– Latest book reviews
Scroll down to take a look at the delightful haul of in-depth features in issue 23: