What's the Difference between Black Hawk Down the Book and Black Hawk Down the Movie?


Black Hawk Down

Released: 1999
Author: Mark Bowden

Black Hawk Down

Released: 2001
Director: Ridley Scott
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   This event never actually happened, or at least it is never mentioned in the book. At the beginning of the movie, Eversmann and a group of Delta operators witness Aidid's militia gunning down unarmed civilians at a Red Cross Food Distribution Centre and ask for permission to engage.
   This never actually happened. Yurek did stumble upon a terrified group of young Somali children and their teacher in a small tin hut while guarding his corner of the target building but he just tells them to stay down and don't move then leaves them with a guard. The incident with the father and son is never mentioned and Yurek is never separated from his Chalk team during the fight. While moving to the first crash site on foot, Sgt Yurek comes under fire from a Somali man and his young son, he becomes separated from his Chalk team and stumbles into the house of a scared Somali woman and a group of children. He then slowly exits through the back door but miraculously slips and falls just as the young Somali boy opens fire, missing Yurek and hitting his father instead. Yurek then moves to the crash site alone until he finds Twombly and Nelson.
   This never actually happened, there is a large weapon used by the militia to bombard Lt Perino's position but it is taken out by Sgt Howe's Delta team just using grenade launchers, it is also not a vehicle mounted weapon as it is fired from the window of a building. After securing Crash Site Two, Hoot and his small team of 'D-boys' and SPC Sizemore move to Crash Site One and encounter a vehicle mounted heavy weapon firing upon Eversmann's position. They sneak up on them, silently kill the crew with garrote wire then use the weapon to destroy another of the militia's 'technicals.'
   This never actually happened. IR strobes were only used to mark friendly positions to prevent friendly fire when the huge rescue convoy reached Crash Site One. Fluorescent orange panels were used during the day and Twombly did have to brave a gauntlet of fire by running out into the middle of Marehan Road earlier in the day to place a panel to mark friendly positions but nothing like what is shown in the movie, not to mention the fact that Eversmann never made it to the crash site and returned to base with the Lost Convoy. As the battle at Crash Site One reaches it's climax, Eversmann is asked to mark the Somali positions with an IR strobe marker so the Little Bird gunships can make a gun run without hitting friendlies. Eversmann throws the marker but misses so he then heroically volunteers to run through a gauntlet of fire across Marehan Road to pick up the marker and throw it onto the Somali positions which the gunships then decimate.
   The story is told from several perspectives. The story is only told by the American soldiers.
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