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In late June , media sources recounted the tragic story of nineteen U.S. special operations personnel who died at the hands of insurgent / terrorist. I read the book, thinking that I could possibly use information in it as source material for VICTORY POINT. Information in Lone Survivor. Victory Point reveals the complete, as-yet untold, story of Operation Red Wings ( often mis-referenced as "Operation Redwing"), and the.
I bought this book for both the site and the paper back version. Reading this book caused so many emotions because of the memories of the events that were taking place. But also because of how much I learned about the situations that were going on.
As a brand new 19 year old grunt I was kept out of the loop on a lot of things. 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 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.
Torres got hit twice and the ANA afghan national army commandos that died in that fight as well as their Commander being wounded.
Also their are a few descrepencies of how the Ambush started. First of all the book says that there were two girls standing in the road, the reality is there were half a dozen children, boys and girls. They were there as a distractoin to us.
They were cheering us and smiling, we got distracted by them because we were handing them what little food and water we had left we were only a short distance from the mouth of the Korengal and we didn't need them any more we also handed them money and it made us extremely happy to see how well we were being recieved.
However it took our attention off of the mountaintops and left us extremely vulnerable to attack. When the rounds started coming in one of the little girls tried to take cover next to the rock cliff we were trapped next to, CPL Cirencione instinctivly placed himself between her and the attackers he felt had the best chance of hitting her. There he stayed until the chos of Combat forced him to check on his Marines. Doc Auguon was the one who ran from the front of the platoon to the rear, down a completetly open road that was being riddled with bullets, to try his hardest to rescue George after helping save 3 ANA soldiers that were severely wounded.
There Were many many other actions that this deserved the kind of attention that he gave the rest, I am not one of the Marines mentioned by me or Mr. I guess no amount of pages could truly justify the sacrifices that The Military has made so far from home, I just felt that the Marines who suffered in the Korengal deserved a little more credit then what they got. The entire book was really well done and I really appreciate the knowledge that I gained from a behind the scenes look at the operations however I feel like he cut the story short by not speaking to the Echo Marines who were in a desperate fight for close to an hour at the bottom of a ravine stuck between a river and a cliff while bullets and RPG's poured down on them.
site Edition Verified download. In the beginning of the book, Mr. Darack does an accurate job of detailing, in a concise but comprehensive manner: The history of armed conflict in Afghanistan and the background on the Russian military involvement and the irony of the importance of Nangalam, where Camp Blessing is located, in drawing the Russian military into Afghanistan in the first place.
The history of the Taliban and how they originated and became a powerful force in Afghanistan. So, before the action even starts, Mr.
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Darak gives the reader an important history lesson on the units involved, their cultures, methods of operations and the historical backdrop of the operational area. I also supported some operations out of Camp Blessing during the time the SOF units were turning it over to the Marines.
From my perspective, this is a very accurate rendition of the challenges faced by units operating within the unusual command structure of the CJTF. Often the synergy of the units from different services can be very effective and very powerful but when personalities change and units change out, the working relationships can change too.
Ed Darak has done a great service to students of military history and documented a very unique chapter in US Military history and Marine Corps history. This book is also an indictment on the value of a professional embedded journalist during a combat deployment. As I said, the events depicted may well be the highest altitude combat operations in the history of the Marine Corps. This is an excellent read for those interested in military operations in Afghanistan.
Paperback Verified download. The book is a must read in my opinion if you want to learn more about the history of Afghanistan and how they came to be where they are today and all the different provinces and people of that area.
While this book does encompass Operation Red Wings, it does not spend a lot of time dwelling on it. It covers more of the build up with operation before that, during, and after.
This book is very detail oriented, to the point where I just had to skip over some of the technical jargon to get to the action of the story. It also details somewhat the history of the Marines, and more so the men involved there, from all branches of the military, and how they all made a difference in the war there.
God Bless America and God Bless all our American men and women who fight for our freedom on a daily basis. Be prepared to laugh, cry and pound your fists in frustration. My heart both cheers on our Marines and Army as they surpass whatever stupidity is commanding them and it breaks that they even have to put up with such an incompetent and self-serving command structure. I served 20 years in the command and control field and witnessed those officers and senior enlisted who only worried about their next promotion.
While frustrating, as in Victory Point, good officers and NCOs will always find a way around it or ignore them altogether. I was in the Air Force - this makes me want to hug every Marine I see. You need to read this book.
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Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. Victory Point: Description In late June , media sources recounted the tragic story of nineteen U. 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.
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Victory Point reveals 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. 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.Reads the relevant line.
Marcus Luttrell was listed as the author, with Patrick Robinson listed as a contributor. There is a clear, documented lineage of how the Marines named their operations, up to and including Operation Red Wings. Ed Darack.
Robinson and Luttrell then secured a book deal and a movie deal. Army artillery, and U.
God Bless America and God Bless all our American men and women who fight for our freedom on a daily basis. The entire book was really well done and I really appreciate the knowledge that I gained from a behind the scenes look at the operations however I feel like he cut the story short by not speaking to the Echo Marines who were in a desperate fight for close to an hour at the bottom of a ravine stuck between a river and a cliff while bullets and RPG's poured down on them.
I can understand being off by , but off by over ? War in Afghanistan.
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