Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers : the Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan

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Penguin, 2009 - History - 316 pages
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The Riveting untold story of the Marine missions that led to free elections in Afghanistan.

In late June 2005, media sources recounted the tragic story of nineteen U.S. special operations personnel who died at the hands of insurgent / terrorist leader Ahmad Shah- and the lone survivor of Shah's ambush-deep in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. The harrowing events of Operation Red Wings marked an important-yet widely misreported-chapter in the Global War on Terror, the full details of which the public burned to learn.

Victory Pointreveals the complete, as-yet untold, story of Operation Red Wings (often mis-referenced as "Operation Redwing"), and the follow-on mission, Operation Whalers. Together, these two U.S. Marine Corps operations (that in the case of Red Wings utilized Navy SEALs for its opening phase) unfurl not as a mission gone terribly wrong, but of a complex and difficult campaign that ultimately saw the demise of Ahmad Shan and his small army of barbarous fighters.

Due to the valor, courage, and commitment of the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment in the summer of 2005, Afghanistan was able to hold free elections that Fall. Here is the inspiring true account of heroism, duty, and brotherhood between Marines fighting the War on Terror.
  

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Review: Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers - the Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Honestly, I think this was one of the worst books I've read on the War on Terror (I use that term to describe both the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan). The story itself is great and this book ... Read full review

Review: Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers - the Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan

User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

Incredible insight on Operation Red Wings, Operation Whalers, the US Marine Corps, and the War on Terror. Fast paced, detailed information (a lot of information - on Afghanistan, the current war, and ... Read full review

Contents

Welcome to Afghanistan
1
The Battalion
28
Synergy of Success
48
Into the Hindu Kush
63
Red Wings Takes Flight
95
Ambush
124
Storm of Chaos
142
Redoubled Efforts
172
Whalers Unleashed
191
Armageddon Denied
205
One Ridge Distant A World Apart
229
Star Wars
249
Kinetic Exfil
263
Victory Point
277
Interviewees
297
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Writer/photographer Ed Darackhas followed the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment since their pre-Afghan mountain warfare training, and has continued with them through Afghanistan and their subsequent deployment into Iraq. He is the author of numerous articles on military and other subjects and three previous books.

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