On April 6th, 2003, twenty-six Green Berets, including those of Sergeant First Class Frank Antenori's Special Forces A-Team (call sign Roughneck Nine One), fought a vastly superior force at a remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. The enemy unit had battle tanks and 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. The Green Berets stopped the enemy advance, then fought them until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield.
In the process, the Nine One encountered hordes of news media and at the peak of the fight, a US Navy F-14 dropped a 500-pound bomb into the middle of a group of supporting Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, killing and wounding dozens. This is the never-before-told, unsanitized story of the fight for the crossroads at Debecka, Iraq, and a unique inside look at a Special Forces A-team as it recruits and organizes, trains for combat, and eventually fights a battle against a huge opposing force in Iraq.
""Roughneck Nine One is a rare and unexpectedly personal look into the elite world of a Special Forces A-Team.""
---Jack Coughlin, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC, and New York Times bestselling author of Shooter
""A terrific inside look at a Special Forces A-Team at war. Frank Antenori didn't pull any punches in combat, and he doesn't in this book either.""
---Sean Naylor, New York Times bestselling author of Not a Good Day to Die
""Pure Special Forces---deadly, professional ... Cool!""
---Jim Morris, Major, US Army Special Forces (Retired), and author of War Story
""Roughneck Nine One, written with retired Green Beret SFC Frank Antenori, is clearly Hans Halberstadt's best work yet! He brings to the table his exceptional background and years of well-honed expertise in writing books on special operations. This, combined with Antenori's ""eyes on, ground truth"" Special Forces soldier's experience, perspective, and insights, produces a truly groundbreaking, first-of-a-kind book. Roughneck Nine One takes you behind the scenes into the struggles, complications, preparation, training, and turf issues faced by our most elite forces as they go into battle. Ultimately your nerves will be tested as Antenori's Special Forces A-Team, searching for a fight, finds themselves in front of a large enemy force, out-manned, out-gunned, and largely unsupported. What's more...they plan on attacking!""
---Col. Gerald Schumacher, US Army Special Forces (Retired), author of To Be a US Army Green Beret and A Bloody Business: America's War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq
""Frank Antenori and Hans Halberstadt team up to give readers an updated version of the classic 'David and Goliath' story, a powerful no-holds barred, first-hand account of actual ground combat in Iraq. Roughneck Nine One most definitely captures the professionalism, comradeship, self-sacrifice, and courage that define the heart and soul of America's finest warriors---US Army Special Forces. A must-read book!""
---Col. Tom Yarborough, USAF, author of Da Nang Diary