Move Review 12 Strong


In the wake of Sept. 11, Capt. Mitch Nelson (really was Captain Mark Nutsch) leads a U.S. Special Forces team ODA 595 into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. Once there, the soldiers develop an uneasy partnership with the Northern Alliance to take down the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies. Outgunned and outnumbered, Nelson and his team do what needs to be done there were, after all American Green Berets so how could they lose.
As a former Green Beret from way back in the day and who served in Vietnam as a A team XO I can tell you that a movie is a movie: But this team didn’t need much glamor added. What they actually did no one else but a Green Beret could have done.  When you are in hostile territory supporting local militias and can barely speak the language and then have to lead them in battle on a horse you have to be crazy! But then we were Green Berets.
Captain Mitch Nelson actually did what the move showed and there is now a statue in NYC of a Green Beret with an M4 with the M203 grenade launder on horse back.  The Statue was written up in our Special Forces Association magazine  the winter 2011 issue of the The Drop a couple of years after the book,  Horse Soldiers, the movie was taken from came out. I was in combat and from my experiences the move came a good feel for the way it really is. I recommend this movie if you want to feel what it is like to be on your own in a hard place.
OH I must add that the Air Force B-52’s helped some!
Link to more information on the operation History vs Hollywood

 

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