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"...the raid section is smartly written, detailed and fast-paced. 'History book' and 'exciting' are not mutually exclusive terms...There are plenty of Osprey’s usual high-quality images, art and cartography...I especially enjoyed the airport graphics with a detailed timeline and legend of critical locations....This is my first exposure to the 'Raid' series and I am impressed." - (November 2009)

"It is infrequent that your reviewer runs across a book that can truly be called riveting. Yet this one kept me reading into the small hours of the morning. Author Simon Dunstan has provided an excellent edition to this series. His research is top notch and the small sideline notes really add quite a bit to the tale. There are superb photos of the men and equipment involved as well as Osprey's fine 3D maps that help to clarify how the operation proceeded. The result is a book that I can easily give my highest recommendation." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness/ (December 2009)

"Dunstan ably puts the events of Entebbe into a wider perspective, explaining the airliner hijackings common at the time and detailing the various Palestinian terror groups that were striking at Israel. Indeed the author should be praised for the general readability of the book, which seems more like a novel at times... All in all, this book is a triumph from Osprey. It has started this new series with a veritable bang. I can only hope this series continues in the same vein." -Karl N. Hoy, Toy Soldier & Model Figure

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The Israeli Special Forces' operation at Entebbe goes down in history as one of the most audacious counter-terrorist assaults ever conducted. On June 27, 1976, four terrorists (two of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two of the German Baader-Meinhof terrorist group) highjacked a passenger jet and forced a landing in Entebbe, Uganda. Here they were met by reinforcements, and transferred all the Jewish and Israeli prisoners to the terminal building, with the exception of a few hostage releases. As Idi Amin's assistance to the terrorists became increasingly clear, the Israeli government began preparations for a military assault. The element of surprise was crucial; never before had such a large-scale raid at such a long distance been successfully undertaken. This is the incredible story of how the Israeli Special Forces defied radar for over 2,000 miles, masqueraded as a tyrant in a Mercedes and captured uniforms, and defeated an army in brutal combat, culminating in a triumph of sheer audacity and nerve. A compelling book chronicling an incredible moment in history.

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Decent, but Light on Military Detail 22 octobre 2009
Par R. A Forczyk - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The second volume on Osprey's new Raid series, Israel's Lightning Strike by Simon Dunstan, covers the famous raid on Entebbe airport in 1976. This is a thrilling subject - one of the most famous commando-type missions since the Second World War - but this volume seems to plod through the various political machinations prior to the raid and then zip through the actual combat action. While this series is still gelling, this one seems not to cover its subject as well as it could have and left me with too many questions about the actual operation. Indeed, it seems less a military history than a crisis account. Nevertheless, readers interested in modern special forces and military operations would benefit from going through the lessons learned in these pages.

The author begins with a 4-page introduction that outlines the history of aerial hijacking and the rise of Black September, followed by a nice sidebar on the various Palestinian militant groups. The author then moves into a rather long-winded, 15-page discussion of the hijacking of Air France Flight 139 by the PLFP-SOG and their diversion to Entebbe airport in Uganda, where Idi Amin gave them support. This section has useful items, such as Israeli efforts to gather intelligence on Entebbe, but it eventually bogs down into a day-by-day, blow-by-blow account of the Israeli deliberations about what to do about their hostages. There are also sidebars on Yonatan Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. This section is followed by a 9-page section on Israeli plans for the raid, which is frankly pretty thin on military details. The author seems to assume that all readers are intimately familiar with the Israeli special operations community, so he makes no effort to discuss the organization or tactics of Sayeret Matkal (this is where a sidebar would have been great). Unlike other volumes in the Raid series, he does not provide any kind of organization chart or breakdown of the raiding force and consequently, various individuals just "appear" at various points in the narrative. I was particularly confused by the vague discussion of the refueling operation required to get the raiding force out of Entebbe - how did that occur?

The raid itself is covered in a 23-page section, which includes four maps (two of them 3-D style) and a battle scene, which reduces the text to about 15 pages. Since there is no discussion of the Ugandan forces at Entebbe, it is difficult to see what the raiding force was up against. It is also odd to see that the Israelis went to all this effort to insert an elite raiding force to rescue the hostages but then sacrificed surprise because they failed to quietly take out the first two Ugandan guards they encountered. The author never questions the Israeli tactics, but they don't seem particularly brilliant in the end-game. The Israeli failure to wear body armor in the assault force is never addressed, but this probably would have reduced their casualties considerably. Indeed, a sober analysis would likely reveal that the Israeli tactics were rather crude and brute force, rather than smart. They worked, but against a dumb and rather sleepy opponent, albeit at the cost of 1 killed and 5 wounded in the raiding force. Nor does the author attempt to incorporate anything from Palestinian or Ugandan sources - this account is entirely from the Israeli perspective. Overall, this volume does not have a high level of military detail and does not attempt any real analysis of the raid.
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Isreal's Lighting Strike - The Raid on Entebbe 1976 7 mars 2010
Par Michael L. Snowden - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
An excellent understanding of the prep and excecution of one of the Best Raids for rescue in the history of Special Ops. Especially true due to the history of the Isreali Defense Forces dificulty in intergrating the known factions that still existed.
Readable for anyone interested in an Op where Murphy had limited access.
Michael L. Snowden
U.S. Army Retired
The Raid on Entebbe 28 avril 2010
Par cpt matt - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Author Simon Dunstan does an excellent job in his book Israel's Lightning Strike. In his introduction, he traces the history of hijacking planes, something that was all too common in the 1970's. The Israel's have a tough "we don't negotiate with terrorists" policy and that theme runs heavily in what happened in July 1976.

Members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization seized a French plane and headed off to Libya first, then Uganda which at the time was under the rule of Idi "Dadda" Amin. Now the Israeli government had to decide what to do. That was no easy task, Uganda was 2,000 miles from Israel. Just getting there was going to be difficult, let alone surprise the hijackkers and free the hostages. The airport was in the middle of a jungle and these were times before GPS.

Dunstan takes us through the decisions, plans made, discarded, the political pressure on those who had to make the tough choices. In doing so, he quotes those who were there, giving the book a human touch and a better glimpse of the struggles everyone faced.

There are ample photos of the people involved, maps, and of particular value, 3-D renderings to show what was taking place during the raid. That the Isrealis were able to rescue the hostages with minimal casualties speaks very highly of the skill of those involved. I thought the book was very informative, technical enough to appreciate the logistical and military difficulties in pulling off this raid, yet acknowledging the human element. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Special Forces, Hijacking, raids, Commandos, military buffs.
sweet and good 1 juillet 2014
Par L. A. Cathey - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Short, sweet and good.
Good description of this absolutely unbelievable but true commando raid - and also a quite heart-warming read... 19 mai 2014
Par Darth Maciek - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I enjoyed this book as a military history enthusiast but, unusually for this kind of books, this thing actually was also a recomforting, encouraging read, as those real events did show indeed, that there are still real heroes who go to fight real monsters and help innocents - and manage to slay the formers and save the latters, even if those deeds always have a price...

The general story of hijacking of Air France Flight 139 on 27 June 1976, its travel to Entebbe in Uganda and Israeli operation to rescue the hostages on 3 July 1976 is well known, but this book, other than narrating those events, describes also a lot of smaller details about the Israeli political decision processus, Sayeret Matkal preparations, intelligence gathering, diplomatic maneuvering and finally the whole action itself. The book is well written and well structured, with no filler, illustrations and maps are good and the lonely colour plate by Peter Dennis quite honest.

The circumstances of death of Lt Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu and of grievous wounds suffered by Sergeant Surin Hershko are well described, as are the deaths of four hostages who didn't make it: Ida Borochovitch and Pasco Cohen, killed by the terrorists, Jean-Jacques Maimoni, mistakenly shot by Sayeret Matkal soldiers and 75-year old Dora Bloch, separated earlier from other hostages for medical reasons and later savagely murdered on orders of Idi Amin Dada...

This book should please all those interested in military history, special forces and anti-terrorism, but it can actually be also an interesting and comforting read for just about anybody. Indeed, this REAL story shows a horrible act of violence perpetrated by an alliance of two groups of evil people (German and Palestinian terrorists) who then drag their victims to a distant place where they can count on the assistance on an even more evil character (Idi Amin Dad). But then, out of blue and in the middle of the night, arrive a group of genuine heroes, who sneaked into this evil lair without being noticed - then they kill most of the bad guys, humiliate their evil protector and escape with almost all kidnapped victims, losing only their charismatic leader in the fighting... Honestly, if this was a Hollywood film, it would have been mocked endlessly for the impossible plot - and yet, those things really happened.

It is therefore a book warmly recommnded not only to the military history freaks (like me) but also to all those, who, tired of seeing so many unpunished acts of evil and injustice around (just watch some news from Syria or Nigeria), need a kind of message of hope, saying that sometimes good guys win, innocent people are (almost all) saved, heroes are celebrated - and evildoers are left lying immobile on the ground in pools of blood, with a lot of bullet holes in them...
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