With My Shield: An Army Ranger in Somalia (Hardcover)

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This is the inside story of an Army Ranger, surrounded and outnumbered, fighting a desperate action on the ground during the Black Hawk Down raid in Somalia in 1993.

In 1993 Lieutenant James Lechner, a member of the 3rd Ranger Battalion, was selected for a top secret special operations task force being sent to Mogadishu, Somalia, to capture the insurgent leader Mohamed Farah Aideed. In early October, after weeks on the ground and conducting a number of raids in the city, the Task Force is called upon to conduct a daring daylight mission into the heart of Aideed's territory. During the raid, following the initial dangerous fast rope insertion and subsequent capture of a group of Aideed's lieutenants, one of the Task Force Black Hawk helicopters is shot down and Lechner and his comrades are soon caught up in the fiercest combat involving US forces since the Vietnam War. In the middle of the hostile city, deep in the enemy's stronghold, the small group of Rangers and special operators now find themselves fighting not only to rescue the downed helicopter's crewmen, but also to save their own lives.

This first-hand account tells the story of how these elite warriors were able to stand together and prevail against incredible odds. It gives the reader the perspective of an Army Ranger fighting on the ground, combined with professional military analysis, in a groundbreaking book that tells the complete story with never-before-revealed details.

About the Author

James Lechner served in the US Army for 27 years and participated in eight operational deployments, including Somalia with Task Force Ranger, as well as the Sinai, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to this, Jim has advised the NSC at the White House and served numerous tours at the CIA. Since his retirement from the US military in 2011, Jim has served in Afghanistan as a counter-insurgency advisor as well as providing support for other US government efforts. He holds a master's degree in history, serves on the board of directors of the New York Warrior Alliance, the Big Red Barn Veterans Retreat Center and various other veterans' charities and is currently a television war correspondent for Newsmax covering the war in Ukraine. Jim lives with his wife, Beth, in Chapin, South Carolina.

Praise For…

“A powerful and vivid account of the Battle of Mogadishu from the middle of the fight. Here is the clash through the eyes of a soldier's soldier, a man who emerged from the fight badly wounded but unbroken.” —Mark Bowden, author of 'Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War'

“A magnificent book that tells the story of urban fighting in Mogadishu. … It is a phenomenal portrayal of personal courage, small unit commitment, and selfless sacrifice.” —Colonel (retired) Robert Choppa, President of the National Infantry Association

“Jim Lechner has written the most detailed and fascinating account of the 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia, made famous by the movie Black Hawk Down. Jim was a key member of the US Special Operations contingent … [he] is one of the quiet warriors who went beyond what was required and became a warrior of uncommon valor.” —Lieutenant General (retired) “Jerry” Boykin, commander of Task Force Ranger

“Jim Lechner was a key player in nearly every major battle in the War on Terror. His riveting account of the Battle of Mogadishu is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the last 30 years of American military conflict.” —Colonel (retired) Anthony E. Deane, author of 'Ramadi Declassified: A Roadmap to Peace in the Most Dangerous City in Iraq'

“An excellent account of 'life at the sharp end'.” —Miniature Wargames

“a riveting first-person account of the Battle of Mogadishu.” —ARMY magazine

“fast and furious... great idea of urban combat.” —HMGS

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472863287
ISBN-10: 1472863283
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English