History vs Hollywood – Black Hawk shot down and big raid

Throughout history, the United States military has conducted many coordinated Special Forces assault and rescue operations that have resulted in great successes or catastrophes with significant loss of life. The most successful and successful rescue operation in United States military history, portrayed in the big roundupor the near-disastrous mission involving catching US Army Rangers, depicted in Black Hawk down, both gained enough recognition to become major modern Hollywood productions. The movies are actually very accurate in perceiving the order of events, but had slightly skewed perspectives leaning towards American soldiers and minor cultural influence despite the modernity of the movies. However, the movies depict the events clearly to accurately inform audiences of events that may never be mentioned.

In the video, Black Hawk down depicts the actual events of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, in which Army Special Forces, led by General William Garrison, attempted to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The plan was for Delta Force to storm the Olympic Hotel in Mogadishu and capture Aidid and his top aides, and then the Army rangers would form a perimeter while the extraction force would go in and load the prisoners into Humvees. However, the forces faced extremely high resistance from the local Somalis, resulting in a seventeen-hour battle, a mission that should have taken thirty minutes. Casualties were raised to eighteen dead soldiers and eighty-four wounded.

The producers of the video. Black Hawk down He did an excellent job with the facts by placing subtitles at the beginning and end of the film to explain the reasoning behind the campaign and the results of the assault. After much critical analysis, it is clear that the facts, events and numbers in the film were very accurate, but not perfect and with some inaccuracies worth pointing out. Since little knowledge or discussion in detail has been provided with minimal resources, precise facts, including specific names, were ignored. Like most Hollywood productions, additional drama was added to the film to help attract the masses, such as personal relationships and disastrous deaths. Also from the film was a somewhat skewed view on behalf of American soldiers, making the Somalis look like savage barbarian terrorists, who only wanted to kill the soldiers who were trying to help them. Although the intervention was a humanitarian effort to help them with mass starvation, the concept was slightly dramatized by exploring the personal feelings and expression of some of the soldiers on the issue of the Somalia crisis. The video was also shot only from the perspective of US soldiers and does not present the stories of civilian casualties. As modern as the film is, it still carries some cultural influence, in part because the video was created some eight years after the actual battle. Therefore, an influenced opinion should be expected since the Somalis brutally attacked the Americans. There are controversies that Somalis who confronted US soldiers may have believed that they were responding to what they saw as unfair US and international military tactics used against them. The film also portrays delays in the rescue mobilization of UN forces as a result of those forces not being briefed on the mission, meaning they were willing to let US soldiers die for petty politics. The video also managed to recognize the Malaysian soldiers involved in the rescue mission and the Malaysian soldier who died during the rescue attempt. Another minor factual error included the role and position of Sgt. Eversmann, the main character of the film, who actually returns to the base with his convoy during the day with the prisoners. However, in the film he remains in the battle and is one of the soldiers caught up in the night siege. Black Hawk down it concludes with one more force returning to the city to round up the remaining soldiers and then providing relevant details of the results. He indicates casualties on both sides, backing away from that skewed view a bit. He also sets a perspective into the future that mentions Aidid’s eventual death and Gen. Garrison accepting responsibility and later retirement. He almost gives the notion of a defeat as the battle ends, but the subtitles save him from this and mention those details, resulting in an overall victory at the cost of eighteen American lives.

In the film, the big roundup illustrates the events of the most successful military rescue mission in Army history, the Cabanatuan Raid in 1945. More than five hundred Allied soldiers were inside the Cabanatuan camp, located in the Japanese-occupied Philippines. All of these men were survivors of the battles of Bataan and Corregidor, which included the horrific Bataan Death March and the surrender of Bataan on April 9, 1942. Fearing the murder of all the POWs in the camp, Lt. General Walter Krueger demanded a raid and gave command to Lieutenant Colonel Henry A. Mucci, who eventually organized the raid. The assailants were the US Army’s Sixth Ranger Battalion, which consisted of about 120 men. Mucci and his forces were to infiltrate the camp at nightfall, defeat the guards, free the prisoners, and return them to friendly lines as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, the auxiliary guerrilla forces would prevent a reaction from the Japanese gathered in a nearby town. The men left on January 28 and waited until the night of January 30 to carry out the search. It was very successful with only two rangers losing their lives and no POWs dying. More than 500 Japanese soldiers were killed or wounded during the attack.

the big roundup is perhaps the most accurate Hollywood movie, without the brand of a documentary, about this event updated and the most accurate movie I’ve seen based on a historical event. The producers did an excellent job of gathering and keeping the facts correct throughout the video with very few errors. All casualty numbers, numbers of vehicles destroyed, guards, and all other intelligence information were near perfect and clearly indicated by a character or subtitles throughout the video. Many of the stats were actually visibly displayed during the raid, which provided the ability to account for them. The film still has a cultural influence and bias seen towards POWs. The video, whose point of view was favorable to the prisoners of war in Cabanatuan, showed the horrors in the camp and the mistreatment and torture that the Japanese inflicted on the men. Examples include executions for escape attempts and starvation for no reason. He glorified the Americans and their cause and that the Japanese were murdering massive numbers of POWs like during the Bataan Death March. Also the footage shot in Manila portrayed the Filipino people’s fear of the Japanese occupation and their brutality towards anyone who opposed them. Even though the Assault on Cabanatuan took place in 1945; cultural influence played an important role in the intention to sympathize with POWs and discontent with the Japanese. Nevertheless, the big roundup it was very accurate, had somewhat large but barely noticeable errors. It was once that the leader of one of the two platoons was named incorrectly for the actual event. The movie named this character after F Company leader Lieutenant Riley. In reality, the leader of F Company was First Lieutenant John Murphy. The video also stated that Lieutenant Riley had fired the first shot to signal the start of the raid at 7:30 p.m. In reality, he was shot by Lieutenant Murphy at 1945 hours (7:45). It might seem like just a minor time variance, but since the raid didn’t last that long, fifteen minutes is quite a long time. Again, there was a bit of added drama in the video, but not as personal as Black Hawk down. However, she did involve a cryptic love affair between the high-ranking POW in the camp and a woman who worked for the Underground, which was an organization in Manila that worked to collect medicine for POWs. The film did an excellent job of explaining the events leading up to the raid in real footage with a documentary-style narrator before the start of the video and subtitles to state the outcome of the raid at the end of the film.

the big roundup Y Black Hawk down are two remarkable videos with highly accurate interpretations of the events of the Assault on Camp Cabanatuan in 1945 and the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. To avoid tedium, the producers cleverly produced documentaries with added drama to appeal to all audiences. The only major dilemmas would be the biased analysis of the videos, which is pretty much unavoidable in these days of Hollywood videos.

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