In 1993, a routine US Army patrol in Somalia resulted in a bloodbath and eventual withdrawal of US forces from the country. It all began when a soldier descended a rope from a helicopter. He had lost a protective glove, suffered rope burns on his hand and fell to the ground. When other soldiers came to his rescue, the battle started.


With EasyDown, the soldier could have descended from a greater height (surprise effect), moved faster (representing a poorer target), and had both hands free to handle a weapon. Still, the rope method continues to be used by soldiers around the world.

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