Weaponry In Black Hawk Down

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In the early 90's, the united states sent a large number of Army Rangers and Delta Force troops to Mogadishu, Somalia. The reason they sent these troops was to put down the militia of Muhammad Farah Aidid. Over 1000 Somalia militia died in the battle and only 19 American troops died. Black Hawk Down correctly portrayed the events that happened at the battle of Mogadishu. Throughout the movie, soldiers say that they should not be fighting another mans war. This idea was shared by many Americans during this time. The reason that we were there in the first place was correctly shown in the movie when Aidid's men took the food that America was sending the starving people in Somalia. Hunger was Aidid's weapon and this statement is expressed …show more content…
American soldiers carried the most advanced weapons of that time, like M16, while Somalian militia had mostly AK- 47's and other cheap made machine guns. One thing that the militia had that was a true weapon in this time was the RPG, or rocket propelled grenade. This weapon was used to eliminate two of the American Black Hawk helicopters. The Americans had more advanced weapons in the movie, which was true during this time. One of the major advantages that Americans had was night vision. Towards the end of the movie it gets dark in the town and the Americans have a distinct advantage because of their ability to strike in complete darkness. Another thing that showed the better and more advanced technology that American's had was the infrared strobes that they used mark the rooftop during the middle of the night. This was important because it allowed our helicopters to make strafing runs and eliminate the Somalians off of the rooftops during the middle of the night. The weapons that Americans had were a crucial part of the movie.
The city of Mogadishu is a large city, but is mostly tightly packed buildings that are had to maneuver through. This city layout was present in the movie. Records say that the place in the city where the militia had its headquarters was Macara Market. In the movie Macara Market is said to be the wild west of Mogadishu. It is the central hang out for most of the militia in the town. It is where the leaders of the militia are holding a meeting, when American soldiers come to hold them

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