For those of you who think cyber-intel and technology are the tools of war, read Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton. What an eye-opener. Here’s an excerpt:
“…the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who…rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and…captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif…essential if they were to defeat the Taliban. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators, and overjoyed Afghans thronged the streets. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed. Dangerously outnumbered, they fought for their lives…”
Two things about this excerpt caught my writer’s eye:
- Horses? Now that sounds like fiction. How can I add that sort of creative thinking to my techno-thrillers?
- Greeted as liberators? Wasn’t that Paris in WWII? I didn’t hear about that on the news. What else am I missing?
Here’s a video that speaks to these brave soldiers: