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Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers - the Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan Paperback – April 6, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
The only qualm that I have with this book is that Mr. Darak spent the whole Deployment with Fox company and although him being able to talk to grunts from Fox and get after action reports from them, I feel like the events of August 18th 2005 were just overlooked. CPL Cerinceon was the best squad leader I ever had the pleasure of knowing and LCPL George was an absolutely stellar Marine, Nothing could ever explain the shock we all felt that he was to be the one who gave his life that day. However the book did a little half page blurp on the battle of Taleban (the small village in which we were ambushed) and seemed like it was a freak shot that happened to hit George. However it didn't go into detail of How LCPL Gonzalez (who would be killed in Iraq a year later) and LCPL Torres danced around a rock trying to return fire and stay out of fire at the same time. (Torres got hit twice) and the ANA (afghan national army) commandos that died in that fight as well as their Commander being wounded.Read more ›
Modern military operations consist of large numbers of units from throughout the military, it is rarely just Marine Corps, or just Army. This book brings all of this into focus. Red Wings and Whalers were complex and very difficult missions, with many many lessons that hopefully will not be forgotten, ever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a Must read for any Marine seeking solid PME in a rather forgotten piece of our Corps' history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MBART
The writer wishes he were a Marine and that's the point if view he wrote the book in.Published 5 months ago by Frank Gonzalez
a great book that I could not put down. I became consumed with the book and Fox Company. Chilling reality of war and average young men, albeit highly trained young men, performing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Greg Stallman
Great read. Great history of the Marines Corps early time in Afghanistan. A true story!Published 13 months ago by jo
Excellent follow up to "Lone Survivor". Enjoyed knowing that the sacrifices made were followed up and the bad guys were eliminated with extreme prejudice.Published 13 months ago by jeff p
This is, as Paul Harvey used to say, the rest of the story.
That story is the one told in the book and movie, Lone Survivor. Read more