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Hey fellow vets, as a student and afficianado of military history, I've never been so excited about an historical war account as by Douglas Stanton's book, "Horse Soldiers." No, it it not another military analysis about Custer's 1876 last stand at the Little Big Horn Battlefield, but rather "The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afganistan."
Briefly, the book review linked below, provides a background, "The heroes of 'Horse Soldiers' are members of the Army's Fifth Special Forces Group...an elite group trained to be both guerrilla fighters and wartime diplomats." The major problem was that the "Northern Alliance" fighting the Taliban rode into battle not unlike George Armstrong Custer of our Indian War's culture.
How the Special Forces bridged the gap between their 21st century training with all its technology and the brave but simplistic tactic of a century old and more "charge" of Afghanistan patriots into battle is revealed in "Horse Soldiers."
The NYTimes book review suggests an appropriate read for the upcoming Memorial Day by vets and all Americans.