By Jim Frederick
This can be the tale of a small staff of infantrymen from the a hundred and first Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit referred to as “the Black middle Brigade.” Deployed in past due 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of demise, a veritable meat grinder simply south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts stumbled on themselves in arguably the country’s most threatening situation at its most deadly time.
Hit through near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb assaults, struggling with a very heavy loss of life toll, and enduring a protracted breakdown in management, individuals of 1 Black center platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo corporation, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long travel of accountability, right into a tailspin of bad self-discipline, substance abuse, and brutality.
Four 1st Platoon infantrymen could perpetrate probably the most heinous battle crimes U.S. forces have devoted throughout the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi woman and the cold-blooded execution of her and her relatives. 3 different 1st Platoon squaddies will be overrun at a distant outpost—one killed instantly and taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses chanced on days later booby-trapped with explosives.
Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black middle infantrymen and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of loss of life, Black Hearts is a undying tale approximately males in wrestle and the fragility of personality within the savage crucible of struggle. however it is usually a well timed caution of recent hazards rising within the manner American squaddies are led at the battlefields of the twenty-first century.
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Which of the two versions is older and fuller - the 'Archival' or the 'separate'? Berendts and Eisler were inclined to regard the 'separate' version as older, on the assumption that the Old Russian translator had a defective copy of the Greek original. The remaining parts of the text were, in their opinion, translated at a later date from another, earlier Greek manuscript, possibly while the composite chronograph was being compiled. V. M. Istrin expressed no opinion at all on the matter that concerns us here.
At present, the following manuscripts of the History are known to us. 1. The Vilna Chronograph (16* century) of the former Vilna Public Library, N** 109 (147). now kept in the Manuscript Section of the Library of the Academy of Sciences of the Lithuanian SSR in Vilnius. It forms the basis of the present edition. Josephus' History comprises the end of the book, occupying folios 500-736. A detailed description of the manuscript is given below with reasons for dating it to the middle of the 16* century.
L 16; cf Jagii, p. 18 ^ Nikol'skij. 141 and 279-287 ^ Pokrovskaja. pp. 280-290 INTRODUCTION 18, 28; of these Berendts did not mention 3, 11, 28. The remaining manuscripts have hitherto attracted no scholarly anention and have remained unknown 5,12-14,22-25,29,30). However, it should be noted that the newly listed manuscripts do not add much to the reconstruction of the original text of the translation and its language: in the main they are of later date and do not present substantial differences from the basic and hitherto known copies.