9 Special Forces True Stories In The Movies

Nine: 13 Hours – The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (SEALs/Delta/ CIA Special Activities Division)

This film is an upcoming American action thriller film produced and directed by Michael Bay and written by Chuck Hogan, based on the 2013 book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff. It is the story of the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, after the attack of radical Islamist terrorists on September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks. The Islamist militants killed four Americans, including a US Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. A 6-man U.S. Special Operations team made up of former U.S. Navy Seals and CIA Operatives are sent in to defend the remaining Americans who are still alive.The film is scheduled to be released on January 15, 2016, by Paramount Pictures.

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Jamie Bell plays lead role in SAS movie.

Jamie Bell plays lead role in SAS movie.

Eight: 6 Days (22nd SAS)

Another film yet to be released is based on the actual events of April 1980 when six armed terrorists stormed the Iranian Embassy at London’s Princess Gate taking over two dozen people hostage. Six days of tense stand-off ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service prepared to raid the building. Former members of the SAS who participated in the siege will act as consultants during production. Learn more about the Iranian Embassy Siege.

A lot of it was carrying your own kit, being in kit all day long, doing multi-room clearances, handling weapons, being in situations where you would be out of breath and they would make you do it again.

A scene from the film recreating the moment SAS troopers stormed the Iranian Embassy in 1980

A scene from the film recreating the moment SAS troopers stormed the Iranian Embassy in 1980

We’d do 11-minute runs of multi-room clearances which would involve capturing hostages, bringing them out, using explosives, putting them in rooms, running into rooms that are literally exploding, people shooting blanks at you, us firing blanks at targets, very much the training that you go through once you have kind of already got into the SAS. Although the truth is we missed the selection process, which is the tricky part.

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Seven: Zero Dark Thirty (US Navy SEAL Team Six)

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. Billed as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man”, the film dramatizes the decade-long manhunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. This search eventually leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan.

The SEAL/DevGru Raid scene was one of the better tactical scenes on film.

The SEAL/DevGru Raid scene was one of the better tactical scenes on film.

The raid is approved and is executed on May 2, 2011. Although execution is complicated by one of the helicopters crashing, the U.S. Navy SEALs gain entry and kill a number of people within the compound, among them a man on the compound’s top floor who is revealed to be bin Laden. They bring bin Laden’s body back to a U.S. base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

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Six: American Sniper (Navy SEAL Sniper)

The film follows the life of Kyle, who became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history with 255 kills from four tours in the Iraq War, 160 of which were officially confirmed by the Department of Defense. While Kyle was celebrated for his military successes, his tours of duty took a heavy toll on his personal and family life.

Actor Bradley Cooper played Chris Kyle

Actor Bradley Cooper played Chris Kyle

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle.

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The disastrous SAS mission turned true story of survival.

The disastrous SAS mission turned true story of survival.

Five: Bravo Two Zero (22nd SAS)

Bravo Two Zero was the call sign of an eight-man British Army SAS patrol, deployed into Iraq during the First Gulf War in January 1991. According to Chris Ryan’s account, the patrol were given the task of gathering intelligence, finding a good lying-up position (LUP) and setting up an observation post (OP) on the Iraqi Main Supply Route (MSR) between Baghdad and North-Western Iraq, while according to Andy McNabb, the task was to find and destroy Iraqi Scud missile launchers along a 250 km (160 mi) stretch of the MSR.

This film image released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows, from left, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, and Mahat Ali in "Captain Phillips." (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Jasin Boland)

This film image released by Sony – Columbia Pictures shows, from left, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, and Mahat Ali in “Captain Phillips.” (AP Photo/Sony – Columbia Pictures, Jasin Boland)

Four: Captain Phillips (US Navy SEAL Team Six Snipers)

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. Based on a true story, the film focuses on the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips

Four days later, three of the four pirates were dead — each from a single .30-caliber rifle bullet to his brain, courtesy of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six. The fourth pirate, just 16 years old, was in Navy custody. And Phillips was on his way home, unharmed but for the psychological strain from four days in captivity in a sweltering lifeboat, unsure whether he would live or die.

The precision killing of the three pirates by six members of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that would later kill Osama bin Laden in his Pakistan hideout, has rarely been described in detail.

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Three: Lone Survivor (US Navy SEALs)

Lone Survivor is a 2013 American war film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana. The film is based on the 2007 nonfiction book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson. Set during the war in Afghanistan, Lone Survivor dramatizes the failed United States Navy SEALs counter-insurgent mission Operation Red Wings

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Movie Scene: Lone Survivor SEAL Recon Team

Movie Scene: Lone Survivor SEAL Recon Team

The purpose of Operation Red Wings, which began on June 28, 2005, was first to identify Ahmad Shah, a key Taliban loyalist and leader believed to be hiding on the slopes of a mountain named Sawtalo Sar, located in the Pech District of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. After Marcus Luttrell and his three fellow SEALs carried out their reconnaissance and surveillance to indentify Shah and his men, the military could then engage the Taliban loyalists and disrupt the Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) activity in the region.

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The true world war II story was the start of the SBS

The true world war II story was the start of the SBS

Two: Cockle Shell Heroes (Royal Marine Commandos/Special Boat Service)

The Cockleshell Heroes is a 1955 British war film with Trevor Howard, Anthony Newley, David Lodge and José Ferrer, who also directed. Set during the Second World War, it is a fictionalised account of Operation Frankton, the December 1942 raid by canoe-borne British commandos on shipping in Bordeaux Harbour. It was the first Warwick Film to be filmed in CinemaScope.The movie was filmed in Portugal and several Royal Marine establishments with the Commandant-General Royal Marines ensuring the actors were trained in proper drill and canoe handling. The training camp scenes in the film were shot at Eastney Barracks in Southsea, Hampshire. Eastney Barracks is now the home of the Royal Marines Museum. The Royal Navy ships, HMS Flint Castle (K383) and Leeds Castle (K384), were used to portray a German anti-submarine vessel dropping depth charges. Studio scenes were shot at Shepperton.

One of the defining special forces movies of the modern era.

Black Hawk Down: One of the defining special forces movies of the modern era.

One: Black Hawk Down (Delta/ US Army Rangers)

In 1993, following the ousting of the central government and start of a civil war, a major United Nations military operation in Somalia is authorized with a peacekeeping mandate. After the bulk of the peacekeepers are withdrawn, the Mogadishu-based militia loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid have declared war on the remaining UN personnel. In response, U.S. Army Rangers, Delta Force counter-terrorist operators, and 160th SOAR aviators are deployed to Mogadishu to capture Aidid, who has proclaimed himself president of the country.

To cement his power and subdue the population in the south, Aidid and his militia seize Red Cross food shipments, while the UN forces are powerless to directly intervene. Outside Mogadishu, Rangers and Delta Force operators capture Osman Ali Atto, a faction leader selling arms to Aidid’s militia. Shortly thereafter, a mission is planned to capture Omar Salad Elmi and Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdiid, two of Aidid’s top advisers.

One of the key events is the downing of two United States UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, from which the book derives its title, and the attempt to rescue their crews. United States forces included Army Rangers, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Delta Force and Navy SEALs, with United Nations peacekeeping forces also involved.

The raid became the most intense close combat in U.S. military history since the Vietnam War. Although the particular mission to apprehend Aidid was officially codenamed Gothic Serpent, the media colloquially termed it the Battle of Mogadishu as well as the Battle of the Black Sea.

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