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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User Review  - JoK - LibraryThing

Outstanding account of Marine COIN warfare in Afghanistan - and why they do it best. When read in conjunction with 'Lone Survivor' by Luttrell, telling contrasts between the SEAL story and what was omitted illustrate that many heroes go unsung. SPECOPS has its specialties, but so does the Corps. Read full review

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User Review  - Wojo - Borders

Victory Point is a great book that provides the reader with specific details of the hardships and difficulties we experienced while in Afghanistan in the Summer of 2005. The way in which Ed Darack ... Read full review


Welcome to Afghanistan
The Battalion
Synergy of Success
Into the Hindu Kush
Red Wings Takes Flight
Storm of Chaos
Redoubled Efforts
Whalers Unleashed
Armageddon Denied
One Ridge Distant A World Apart
Star Wars
Kinetic Exfil
Victory Point

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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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