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 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.
   This did happen but it was actually a small force led by Delta operator, Sgt John 'Mace' Macejunas who reached Durant's crash site on foot only to find no sign of the crew or Shughart and Gordon. Sizemore was not part of this group and neither was Hoot who was still pinned down at Crash Site One. The group were also not part of the second Humvee convoy sent out earlier in the day but part of the huge rescue convoy sent into the city that night. In the rescue convoy of Humvees sent out in a desperate attempt to reach Crash Site Two, they drive around the city unable to reach it so a small team of Delta Operators and Rangers (including SPC Dale Sizemore) commanded by Sgt Norman 'Hoot' Hooten, volunteers to move to the crash site on foot instead.
   Sergeant Eversmann was actually picked up by Lt Col Danny McKnight's 'Lost Convoy' and returned to base without reaching Crash Site One. Sergeant Eversmann (Josh Hartnett) reaches Crash Site One with Chalk Four on foot and remains there throughout the night until the rescue convoy arrives.
   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.
   Schmid was actually a Delta medic. SFC Kurt Schmid is a Ranger Medic.
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