The story of the hardest-fought air war of the jet era, where highly trained Israeli air forces almost met their match against Egypt and Syria's high-tech MiGs and missiles.
The Yom Kippur War, or October War of 1973 was perhaps the most intensive and savage air war in history. It pitted more than 300 Israeli combat aircraft – including modern US-built Phantoms and Skyhawks – against nearly 1,000 advanced Soviet-built jets from Egypt, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. During a war lasting just 19 days, each side flew an average of more than 1,000 sorties per day, and both sides lost around one-third of their aircraft.
Veteran Middle East aviation historian Shlomo Aloni explains how, in contrast to the striking success of the Six-Day War, Israel's prewar plans failed in 1973. Since the Six-Day War, Israel had modernized its air force and planned in detail for this air war. But the IDF underestimated the effectiveness of the latest Soviet air defense technology and doctrine, particularly the new SA-6 missile system.
With archive photos, spectacular combat artwork, 3D diagrams, and maps, this book unravels the complexities of one of the fiercest air wars of modern times, and explains how Israel's eventual victory was achieved against the odds and at a grave cost.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Chronology Attacker's Capabilities Technical devices and countermeasures Bombing methods Defender's Capabilities Hamburg's flak defences Night fighters and the Kammhuber Line Campaign Objectives The destruction of Hamburg Population and 'de-housing' The Campaign Oil refineries, Bismarck and attacking the city, May 1940–February 1941 Assisting the Battle of the Atlantic during 1941 The battle of the German ports, January–April 1943 Operation Gomorrah, 24–25 July to 2–3 August 1943 Bomber Command's 'anniversary' raid Oil and U-boats, September 1944–April 1945 Aftermath and Analysis Further Reading Index
15 Aug 2024
Illustrated throughout with 65 photos and 16 pages of colour illustrations