Black Hawk Down Setting & Symbolism

Mark Bowden
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RPGs

RPGs, or rocket propelled grenades, are large grenades that are shot out of a large, tube-like weapon. RPGs were responsible for shooting down two Black Hawk helicopters during the battle of Mogadishu and wounding several other aircraft.

NODs

NODs, or Night Observation Devices, were among many pieces of equipment Rangers chose to leave behind at their base for what was supposed to be a short, daylight mission. The NODs, delicate and annoying equipment normally hung from around the soldier's neck, proved to be invaluable to the few who managed to procure one during the long night of fighting in Mogadishu October 3-4.

Canteens

Many soldiers chose to pack extra ammunition rather than carry what appeared to be unnecessary equipment such as canteens during what was supposed to be a short, daylight mission.

Aden House

The crash of Super Six One damaged the corner of a home occupied...

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