30 years ago today, soldiers from the US Army Rangers, 160th SOAR, 10th Mountain Division, and Delta Force fought what was then the biggest battle in modern US history since Vietnam. It became known as the Black Hawk Down incident and was the subject of both a non-fiction book and a movie directed by Ridley Scott recounting the events.
The Battle of Mogadishu (Somali: Maalintii Rangers, lit. 'Day of the Rangers'), also known as the Black Hawk Down Incident, was part of Operation Gothic Serpent. It was fought on 3–4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States—supported by UNOSOM II—against the forces of the Somali National Alliance (SNA) and armed irregular citizens of south Mogadishu.
18 soldiers lost their lives, and as much as 1000 Somalis, with dozens wounded.