This second entry in Osprey's new Raid series looks at a very different topic to the first (Point-du-Hoc, D-Day 1944 LINK) – the long range operation mounted by the Israelis to rescue terrorist hostages being held at Entebbe in Uganda.
As with the previous volume the tight focus of this book allows Dunstan to provide some excellent background material, including a brief history of hijacking and terrorist attacks on aircraft and a look at the almost Pythonesque proliferation of Palestinian terrorist organisations in this period.
This is followed by twenty four pages devoted to a day-by-day account of the crisis, and the different rescue plans developed in Israel, while the second half of the book focuses on the raid itself, from the flight across Africa, through the fighting in the terminal at Entebbe to the evacuation by air and the eventual return to Isreal.
One surprisingly effective idea is the use of very dark 3D maps of the rescue. This forces the reader to concentrate if they are to pick out all of the details on display, to a certain extent giving an idea of the difficulties of operating at night
This is a well organized and clearly written account of one of the most daring and successful anti-terrorist operations ever carried out, and a good second entry in this new series.
The Hijacking of Air France Flight 139
The Isreali Plans
Operation Thunderbolt – Kadur Ha-Ra'am
Author: Simon Dunstan