The Battle of The Black Sea – Black Hawk Down

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On October 3, 1993 a group of US Rangers and Special Operations soldiers set out on a mission into the heart of the Bakara market in Mogadishu. What started as a mission that should have lasted 30 minutes turned into a battle for their lives. Known by these men as the Battle of the Black Sea and later portrayed in the motion picture Black Hawk Down, here is the untold story of that battle as told by Delta Force member MSG Paul R. Howe, retired.

In this three hour exclusive interview, Paul gives an in-depth look at what led up to and what occurred during and after October 3 and 4, 1993. He talks about the living conditions soldiers endured in Mogadishu, the UN Joint Forces stationed there, the media, decisions that were made by our military, the search for Aidid, planning for the mission, the mission assets, Operation Gothic Serpent including the downed Black Hawks, the convoy, staying overnight, and the extraction the next day. Paul also talks about the After Action Report, lessons learned by our military from that battle, combat mindset, and Somalia today. Paul sets the story straight and gives an unvarnished account of what took place in Somalia in 1993.

Paul served 20 years in the US Army, ten of those in Special Operations. He served as a Tactical Team Leader and Senior Instructor while assigned to Army Special Operations. During his tour in special operations he was involved in several combat actions including the battle in Mogadishu. Today Paul is a high-risk training instructor and owner of the CSAT (Combat Shooting and Tactics) training facility in Nacogdoches, TX. He authored two books: “Leadership and Training For The Fight” and “Tactical Trainer” and has numerous instructional videos.

7 reviews for The Battle of The Black Sea – Black Hawk Down


  1. Levi
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    Paul Howe shows the real story, not the Hollywood polished version of the movie.

  2. Steve
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    This was a very good interview/documentary about what REALLY happened during OGS. This was an example of piss-poor leadership on behalf of the Rangers as well as the higher chain of command.

    It seems obvious that poor leadership and ego of the Ranger’s leadership got Rangers needlessly killed.

    To put it simply; this should not have happened.

    RIP Heroes…

    (The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was due to some of the redundant commentary.)

  3. Clayton
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    I could watch this DVD over & over again! Howe is a real hero & we are all lucky to have such strong men & women serving our great country!

  4. Christopher
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    Thanks Panteao for producing the documentary about The Battle of the Black Sea. Thank you Paul Howe for talking about your views and the facts.

    Much respect to the war fighters!

  5. Walter
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    There is a lot of information in this video, it’s one that I rewatch periodically and always catch something new.

  6. Justin
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    This interview was incredibly detailed on every aspect of the mission.

  7. Steven
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    The Battle of the Black Sea is the Real First-Hand account of Operation Gothic Serpent (what the movie BlackHawk Down is based on) as told by MSG Paul Howe who was actually part of the Delta Force team that was there in Mogadishu. His depiction of this operation is both informing and riveting. He discusses the events of this mission and also the failure of those in the chain of command and how their inability to act made a bad situation much worse than it should have been. I highly recommend this video to anyone who enjoys military history and documentaries.

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