Victory Point: Operations Red Wings and Whalers 'The Marine Corps' Battle for Freedom in Afghanistan
Ed Darack. New York: Berkley, 2009. Maps. Appen. Index. 336 pp. $25.95.
Reviewed by David J. Danelo
In June 2005 the officers, staff, and Marines of the Second Battalion, Third Marine Regiment (2/3) stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, deployed to Afghanistan to conduct the unit's first combat mission in 35 years. Days after their arrival, officers from 2/3, working with at least two other joint commands, conceived a counterinsurgency action they called Operation Red Wings. The plan called for a four-man Navy SEAL team to capture or kill aspiring Taliban insurgent leader Ahmad Shah. The Marines from 2/3 were supposed to follow with a knockout punch.