We accepted a huge amount of risk." They also had two boys, then ages 4 and 3 (in the movie, they have a little girl). Yes, but the tagline is a bit of an exaggeration. The prisoners were not properly searched by members of the Northern Alliance before they were crammed onto trucks and the troops had not realized the American Lindh was among them. In the movie, Chris Hemsworth's character's wife is not pregnant. It was put on display across from Ground Zero in 2012. Yes. Chris Hemsworth incarne Mitch Nelson, chef du détachement ODA-595, qui n’était pas le premier choix de ses supérieurs pour mener l’unité en Afghanistan. Like in the film (available to watch here), at first they tried giving him horse feed but General Dostum wasn't impressed. Menceritakan kisah pasukan khusus baret hijau Amerika Serikat, Operational Detachment Alpha 595 (ODA 595) yang dikirim ke Afghanistan usai serangan 11 September di World Trade Center. The risk they were taking was indeed that great. The mission stopped being a secret on November 16, 2001, a mere two months after 9/11. Der Film basiert auf der Romanbiografie Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan von Doug Stanton und erzählt von einer Sondereinheit des US-Militärs, die nach den Terroranschlä… Mitch Nelson, a US Army Captain with Green Berets Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 595, is moving into a new home with his wife and daughter on September 11, 2001, after receiving an assignment to staff duty under LTC Bowers. In response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, the elite U.S. Special Forces unit, Operational Detachment-Alpha 595 (ODA 595 for short), was one of three teams of Special Forces soldiers sent into Afghanistan. It’s easy to see why Jerry Bruckheimer and his co-producers were drawn to author/journalist Doug Stanton’s 2009 non-fiction bestseller. ODA 595 was a natural choice for the mission — a mature, experienced team that had recently worked with special operations forces in Uzbekistan, a northern neighbor to Afghanistan. Gradually shapes emerged out of the shadows – a small group of Afghan Northern Alliance soldiers together with four American advisers who had been in country for about two weeks. So, I'm playing my old boss in the movie." At first, their mission was one of personnel recovery, tasked with rescuing any pilots shot down during the air war in Afghanistan. In real life, Bob Pennington wasn't badly injured by a surrendering enemy fighter who blew himself up with his own grenade, an act that leaves Michael Shannon's character clinging to life as his fellow soldiers hurry to extract him. "If they got in trouble, there was very little I could do and nothing I could do quickly. The Horse Soldiers monument in New York City is not based on any one person. The mission was also chronicled in Doug Stanton's 2009 book, Horse Soldiers, on which the movie is based. Another SF A-Team, ODA-555 landed hundreds of miles south and was also linking up with other Northern Alliance fighters. ", Yes. "We dispersed the team at several positions along the ridges of the Tiangi." Again, without devaluing the efforts of the ODA 595, it also seems pyrrhic to be celebrating the battles that may have been the beginning of the end for Al-Qaeda, but that were also the beginning of a war with an ever-changing enemy that still has no real end in sight. Mitch Nelson was born in Alma, Kansas, and he married a Hispanic woman and had a daughter. It was at K2 that their team received new orders, after which it was no longer a mission about personnel recovery. Plot. Buy a Pajiba T-Shirt at the Pajiba Store. William Fichtner portrays Mulholland in the movie and Homeland's Navid Negahban plays General Dostum. The. As for why the names were changed, one article stated that the studio did not want to have to pay all of the real-life people for the rights to use their names. They were potentially facing about 50,000 Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. As news of the devastating terrorist attacks that day break, Nelson volunteers to lead 595 into Afghanistan. Shannon's character is wounded in the movie for dramatic effect. -KTLA 5 Riggle, now an actor known for his comedic performances, gave 23 years of total service to the military. The 12 Strong true story confirms that he had been given an administrative staff position in the Fifth Group Headquarters. He had been assigned to a Manhattan reserve unit at the time of 9/11 and spent part of September 2001 cleaning up debris from the World Trade Center. Chris Hemsworth plays Mitch Nelson (inspired by the real-life Mark Nutsch), the commander of a small special forces unit — from the Army’s highly decorated 5th Special Forces Group — tasked with helping to carry out operation Task Force Dagger. You raise your flag,” Nelson says. The problems, however, were myriad: The operation took place less than a month after the World Trade Center attacks, so the military still had little intelligence to go on; the Northern Alliance was made up of a number of different factions that were not only fighting Al-Qaeda but among themselves; terrible weather conditions; a language barrier; difficulty in distinguishing between ally and enemy; and that unforgiving terrain. The soldiers on the U.S. Special Forces teams were used to state-of-the-art warfare. THE LEGEND OF HEAVY AND THE BOYS By Robert Young Pelton. -The Fayetteville Observer, Yes. None of these guys are clean actors." He also used to compete in collegiate rodeos. Mitch Nelson, a U.S. Army Captain with Green Berets Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 595, is moving into a new home with his wife and daughter on September 11, 2001, after receiving an assignment to staff duty under LTCol. ODA 595 then presented a new mission plan to Colonel Mulholland, Joint Special Operations Task Force-North Commander, after a plan presented by another detachment had been rejected. After the military dropped a shitton of bombs on Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11, a unit of 12 men were inserted into Afghanistan to train hundreds of rebels and take the battle directly to Al-Qaeda (in reality, two units of 12 men were inserted, but that’s too many characters for one movie to keep up with, and 24 Strong doesn’t have the same ring). It’s a bland war film wrapped in an American flag (and Hemsworth isn’t even American!) Yes, Bob Pennington, portrayed by Michael Shannon in the movie, had a herniated disc and suffered from excruciating back pain during the mission. All they could take with them, basically, were AK-47s, and they were up against an enemy battling on their own home turf who also had the benefit of tanks, cannons, and rocket launchers left behind by the Soviets. Others have speculated that the filmmakers changed some of the names to diversify the Special Forces team for the movie, but that has not been confirmed. However, one was dropped due to a lack of confidence in the team. They placed it in a body bag and lowered it into the ground. "There was nothing built up," Mark Nutsch said. People still walk by the 16-foot bronze statue of a Green Beret on horseback overlooking Ground Zero and are unaware of its significance (the Horse Soldiers monument is pictured near the bottom of this page). As is often the case, however, the Hollywood treatment does a disservice to the very people it’s meant to honor by turning them into cutouts and cliches in generic action movies. -Horse Soldiers book, The movie finds the soldiers being told that there is a good chance they won't survive the mission. Nutsch said that the movie leaves out a key river that the men often had to swim across in the freezing cold water with their horses, one of the bigger obstacles they faced on the mission. It’s full of boilerplate dialogue, Hallmarkian sentiment, and even a speech from Josh Duhamel Geoff Stults about how he appreciates that his commanding officer worries about killing people because “that’s what makes you human.”. Later, one is shown penning a goodbye letter to his family. Bowers initially refuses, but veteran soldier CW5 Hal Spencer, previously scheduled to retire, persuades Bowers to give Nelson command of 595 again, as well as volu… Payback was certainly on the minds of some members of the team, while others focused primarily on the mission at hand. Like in the movie, Doug Stanton's book Horse Soldiers describes Nutsch going to Colonel Bowers after the attacks to ask to be placed with his team again. ODA 555 was inserted next in the east in the Panjshir Valley, with the mission of working with ethnic Tajik fighters. Captain Mitch Nelson (played by Chris Hemsworth) refuses. He was later shot in the leg when the makeshift prison he was in became the scene of a violent Taliban uprising. -SOFREP. He did have trouble getting off his horse, and like in the movie, the medic gave him something for the pain. However, he had been deployed in the Middle East and around the globe. However, the rugged Afghan terrain forced them to adopt the rudimentary practices of the Afghan horse soldiers. Nutsch is portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the movie and renamed Mitch Nelson. Once the ODA 595 linked up with Dostum, they were to "render the area unsafe for the Taliban and terrorist activity," says Green Beret Mark Nutsch, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the movie. No. As news of the devastating terrorist attacks that day break, Nelson volunteers to lead 595 into Afghanistan. Ironically, he actually served under the man he is portraying. No. He told them his name was Abdul Hamid. John Walker Lindh was among those who surrendered in the battle for Mazar-i-Sharif and his story is included in the Horse Soldiers book but not in the movie. Look: It was no doubt a harrowing experience, and Mark Nutsch and his men are undoubtedly American heroes (and they have been appropriately decorated as such). The movie isn't revealing anything new. "I created the face without the use of models or photos," said artist Douwe Blumberg, who designed the statue in collaboration with Mark Nutsch. -ABC News. The actions of the ODA 595 helped lay the groundwork for that victory. "We knew nothing about these guys," retired Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland said. These 12 men on horseback had to resort to a kind of fighting that they were not experienced in (in fact, many had no experience at all riding horses). ODA 595 followed by ODA 555 were the first two teams to have boots on the ground in Afghanistan following 9/11. He went on to serve in the US Army, although he did not see combat until the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. In the film, Chris Hemsworth played the role of Captain Mitch Nelson, which was inspired by the heroics of Mark Nutsch. Officials had been unaware that Dostum's army still used a horse cavalry. The real-life base wasn't built up at that point and amounted to little more than a series of Soviet-era bunkers. In real-life, Dostum became the Vice President of Afghanistan, as stated prior to the movie's end credits. 12 Strong ha recibido reseñas mixtas a positivas de parte de la crítica y de la audiencia. Then Bob Pennington (played by Michael Shannon in the movie) announced they had another gift and handed Dostum a bottle of Russian vodka. Not exactly. As news of the devastating terrorist attacks that daybreak, Nelson volunteers to lead 595 into Afghanistan. Die andere ist Raschid Dostum. "They were very mature, very family-orientated," Bob Pennington said. What made working with him particularly dangerous was that he was known for switching sides during several conflicts with Afghanistan. ’12 Strong’ Four stars. It was then that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld showed the press an image of a bearded Green Beret on a horse and explained that the man was directing air strikes against Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in northern Afghanistan. Nelson had previously been assigned to staff duty under LtCol. This included using horses to navigate the mountainous region. It centers around Captain Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), who works with Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 595, as he is moving into a new home with his wife and daughter on September 11, 2001. Dostum, a former Communist general, had a reputation for violence. Mitch Nelson, a U.S. Army captain with Green Berets Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 595, is moving into a new home with his wife and daughter on September 11, 2001, after receiving an assignment to staff duty under Lieutenant Colonel Bowers. Yes. ODA 595 was inserted about a 100 miles of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where it linked up with ethnic Uzbek fighters under Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum. -The Fayetteville Observer, Yes. However, one was dropped due to a lack of confidence in the team. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan’, 12 Strong will also star Michael Shannon and Michael Peña as member of the ODA 595 team, as well as Elsa Pataky, who will play the wife of Mitch Nelson opposite her real-life husband, Chris Hemsworth. The 12 Strong movie has Chris Hemsworth's character (Mark Nutsch in real life) being given the candy-bar-sized piece of metal by Colonel Mulholland. I'm playing Lieutenant Colonel Max Bowers in the movie.