The 31st of July marks the vital Hari Pahlawan (Heroes Day), a day throughout which we pay tribute to the women and men who serve and shield our nation.
Though we undoubtedly don’t take the efforts of our armed forces with no consideration, a few of their achievements typically go unnoticed, and this unimaginable mission, particularly, is one factor each Malaysian ought to find out about!
Ever heard of the well-known 2001 Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Black Hawk Down‘? Nicely, the Malaysian navy really performed a fairly vital function in the true story that impressed this film!
In case you haven’t seen the film or want a refresher, ‘Black Hawk Down’ chronicles the occasions of a raid in Mogadishu, Somalia by the USA Navy on third October 1993 throughout the ongoing Somalian Civil Warfare. The intention of the raid was to kidnap Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, and the battle that passed off after it was referred to as the Battle of Mogadishu (third – 4th October).
Nonetheless, issues went fallacious when Somali militants shot down two of the U.S. Navy’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, leaving 70 rangers from the military stranded on the bottom. What was meant to be a fast kidnap operation shortly became a rescue mission.
Right here’s how the Malaysian military performed a task within the rescue mission that was uncared for in ‘Black Hawk Down’;
1. Over 100 Malaysian troopers have been despatched to Somalia by the UN
Throughout the Battle of Mogadishu, the United Nations Operation in Somalia II (UNOSOM II) despatched out over 100 troopers from the 19th battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment of the Malaysian Military. They have been a part of the UN’s peacekeeping troops who helped with the rescue.
In response to Astro Awani, the battalion’s deputy commander, Main Normal (R) Datuk Md Rozi Baharom co-led his troop to Mogadishu to assist the U.S. Navy with the mission to extract warlord Farrah Aidid.
2. Malaysian troopers have been a part of an enormous aid convoy
After the primary black hawk helicopter was shot down, a aid convoy was despatched to the crash web site, accompanied by Pakistani and Malaysian UN forces.
“Nothing else crossed my thoughts at the moment. Every little thing, I simply left to destiny. This mission wasn’t simply exhausting, however extraordinarily harmful. Once we obtained our orders that night, you may hear bombs going off continuous,” Sargeant Tukirin Bukari advised Berita Harian, recalling his time in Somalia.
“However, we continued the journey to our assigned location and adopted our orders.”
The convoy consisted of greater than 100 U.N automobiles, making a two-mile-long column supported by Black Hawk and Cobra assault helicopters as they fought their method into Bakaara Market, Mogadishu to save lots of the 70 trapped rangers.
three. One Malaysian soldier tragically died throughout the mission
Because the convoy was making their method into the town, the U.S. Military together with different troopers continued defending the stranded crew of the primary shot-down helicopter and their rescuers. They have been confronted with intense assault from Somali militants, leaving various casualties.
24-year-old Corporal Mat Aznan Awang was the one Malaysian who perished within the early hours of 4th October. He was reportedly driving a Malaysian Condor armoured personnel service when he was immediately hit by a Rocket-propelled Grenade (RPG). Mat Aznan was the one Malaysian killed on this mission. In the meantime, 7 different Malaysians have been left wounded.
Corporal Mat Aznan was posthumously awarded the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa medal for his valiant efforts.
four. The U.S. troopers have been efficiently rescued
As soon as they reached Bakaara Market, Sargeant Tukirin Bukari shared with Berita Harian that his fellow troopers have been devastated after they obtained information of Corporal Mat Aznan’s loss of life that midnight (4th October). Nonetheless, they nonetheless needed to stick with it with their mission as they have been planning an assault on the Somali militants in efforts to get the American rangers out safely.
“We started our assault and simply stored capturing on the enemy. The shootout went on for some time, however we managed to take down the militants that have been hiding in a close-by constructing.”
“Once we lastly discovered the American troopers, lots of them had critical accidents. A few of them had even misplaced their legs, whereas others have been bleeding profusely. We shortly introduced the injured American and Malaysian troopers into our car, whereas the opposite unhurt troopers ran behind us to get out of the struggle zone.”
Fortunately, their efforts have been profitable they usually managed to get out of Mogadishu at 6am that day.
So, there you may have it! To assume this is only one out of tons of of missions our troopers needed to face. We commend everybody who was concerned on this harmful rescue effort, and our ideas exit to the household of those that perished on that fateful mission.
This Hari Pahlawan, let’s recognise our native heroes for not solely defending their fellow Malaysians, however for going above and past to assist others in want.
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