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Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History

By Saul David

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Released: 2017-03-14
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*By the historical consultant to the major motion picture Seven Days in Entebbe*

The definitive account of one of the greatest Special Forces missions ever, the Raid of Entebbe, by acclaimed military historian Saul David.

On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. The plane was forced to divert to Entebbe, in Uganda--ruled by the murderous despot Idi Amin, who had no interest in intervening.

Days later, Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers assaulted the airport terminal, killed all the terrorists, and rescued all the hostages but three who were killed in the crossfire. The assault force suffered just one fatality: its commander, Yoni Netanyahu (brother of Israel's current Prime Minister.) Three of the country's greatest leaders: Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin planned and pulled off one of the most astonishing military operations in history.

Israel's Lightning Strike: The raid on Entebbe 1976

By Simon Dunstan

Osprey Publishing
Released: 2012-02-20
Kindle Edition (64 pages)

Israel s Lightning Strike: The raid on Entebbe 1976
 
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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 27 June 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 – although releasing a few hostages – transferred all the Jewish and Israeli prisoners to the terminal building. 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, in a triumph of sheer audacity and nerve. A compelling book chronicling an incredible moment in history.

Entebbe (Balfour Books, LLC)

By Iddo Netanyahu

Balfour Books
Released: 2004-01-01
Kindle Edition (341 pages)

Entebbe (Balfour Books, LLC)
 
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During the first hot days of July, 1976, the world watched a tense hostage situation unfold in Uganda. Palestinian and German terrorists had hijacked an Air France jet in Athens, then surprised everyone by flying to sanctuary in Idi Amin’s African dictatorship.
The airport at Entebbe provided the perfect haven for the hijackers, and a hellish wait for the 105 captives, who were threatened with execution if certain demands were not met. Israel’s government declared its intentions to negotiate the release of terrorists from its jails; the bold capture of the jet created a tense standoff.
It wasn’t nearly as dramatic as what happened next.
At midnight on July 4, Hercules transport planes loaded with Israeli commandos landed at Entebbe Airport. Traveling 2,500 miles in eight hours had given them the element of surprise. Within minutes, the most dramatic hostage rescue of all time was part of history. The resolve, daring, and skill of Israel’s finest preserved a hundred souls.
This is the story of the rescue at Entebbe, and the planning of the operation by the commander of the rescue force, Jonathan Netanyahu. Interviews with the members of the force, and the author’s gripping narrative, make this extraordinary story impossible to lay aside.

Operation Thunder: the Entebbe raid: the Israelis' own story

By Yehuda OFER

Penguin Books Ltd
Paperback (160 pages)

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90 Minutes at Entebbe: The Full Inside Story of the Spectacular Israeli Counterterrorism Strike and the Daring Rescue of 103 Hostages

By William Stevenson

Skyhorse
Released: 2015-01-06
Kindle Edition (242 pages)

90 Minutes at Entebbe: The Full Inside Story of the Spectacular Israeli Counterterrorism Strike and the Daring Rescue of 103 Hostages
 
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The incredible story of an Israeli mission that rescued 103 hostages from a hijacked jetliner.

On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 was hijacked by terrorists and flown to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. In the following agonizing days, Israeli passengers were singled out and held hostage. A week later on July 4, one hundred Israeli commandos raced 2,500 miles from Israel to Entebbe, landed in the middle of the night, and in a heart-stopping mission that lasted ninety minutes, killed all guerillas and freed 103 hostages.

In captivating detail, Stevenson provides a fast-paced hour-by-hour narration from the hijacking to the final ninety-minute mission. In addition to discussing the incredible rescue itself, Stevenson also covers the political backdrop behind the hijacking, especially Ugandan President Idi Amin’s support for the hijackers, which marked one of the first times a leader of a nation had backed terrorist activities. An illustration of one nation’s undying spirit, heroism, and commitment to its people in the face of threat, Operation Thunderbolt has become a legendary antiterrorist tale.

Although first written in 1976 (and published within weeks of the event), Stevenson’s account presents this act of terrorism in a way that is still relevant in our modern-day political climate. A factual account of what could easily be read as sensational fiction, 90 Minutes at Entebbe will inspire, encourage, and instill hope in all readers.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History by Saul David (2015-07-02)

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Entebbe: The Most Daring Raid of Israel's Special Forces (The Most Daring Raids in History)

By Simon Dunstan

Rosen Pub Group
Library Binding (64 pages)

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The Israeli Forces operation at Entebbe was one of the most daring counter-terrorist assaults of all time. This book explores this important piece of history with narration and illustrations and diagrams.

Quest for Freedom: Life story of an Entebbe raider

By Arieh Oz

Arieh Oz
Released: 2014-11-03
Kindle Edition (260 pages)

Quest for Freedom: Life story of an Entebbe raider
 
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Entebbe, Uganda, July 3, 1976, 11 PM local time.
It was the proverbial “Dark and Stormy Night.”
My heart was racing as I was on final approach to runway 31 at Entebbe airport, preparing to land my Israeli Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The runway lights had just been turned off while I was on a short final approach. Seconds ago it was there, in full view. Suddenly, I was facing a black hole, flying by memory, feel, and by Braille.
Keeping the mental image of the last view I had of the runway lights, supplemented by guidance from my co-pilot, while maintaining my approach speed and rate of descent, I waited for the ground contact, hopefully with the runway!
We were lucky: As I had calculated the time, distance and altitude, I flared ready for a blind landing, and the C-130 touched down on a hard surface – the runway. A quick application of the brakes and reverse thrust, and we were stopped, ready to disembark our passengers – the team that was now getting into action to secure the perimeter of the airport for the rescue the 102 hostages.
This was the end of the first leg of a three-leg trip that brought us all the way from Sharm el Sheik on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula to Entebbe. The mission was to rescue the hostages taken from Air France flight 139 a week earlier. I was the aircraft commander of the third of four C-130s. The first two managed to land on the remote runway just before the lights were turned off. Due to the mission’s secrecy, we had turned off all of our aircraft lights, inside and outside, and maintained strict radio silence for the last eight hours.
It was a long day and a long, difficult flight: Over 2500 miles: Overweight takeoff, low altitude flying, first over the Red Sea, then over hostile countries, all the while trying to avoid detection. We flew through sandstorms and lightning storms. Our mission was top secret and any detection would have jeopardized the entire rescue, and would no doubt have cost many lives. Not just ours, but also the hostages.
And the mission wasn’t even close to being over yet. We still had to load up the 102 now released hostages and their rescuers, and return to Israel with our precious cargo. We still had to make a refueling stop along the way. And all that had to be done in secrecy to avoid any attacks from hostile forces on our return trip.
But my personal trip of secrecy, escape and evasion, hiding and survival started long before, some thirty years earlier, as a Jewish child in Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
During those horrible years, while hiding in the attic of a Dutch farmhouse, I watched the Allied bombers fly overhead to bomb Nazi Germany, and vowed to become a pilot, if and when, I ever survived.
This was when my personal quest for freedom, life and aviation began.


Israel's Lightning Strike: The raid on Entebbe 1976 by Simon Dunstan (2009-09-22)

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From Troy to Entebbe

Brand: University Press of America
Released: 1996-04-23
Paperback (392 pages)

From Troy to Entebbe
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Special operations, though most commonly associated with the period from the Second World War to the present, have played a key role throughout the history of conflict from the Trojan War to the great arms struggles of the 20th century. This volume introduces the reader to the broad sweep of the history of special operations, and also includes several excerpts from the classic literature on the subject. Contents: Origins: Robert Graves, 'The Wooden Horse', 'The Sack of Troy'; Raiding in the Age of Sail: G.M. Thomson, 'The Damage Done by this Corsair', 'The Wind Commands Me Away'; Ian Grimble, 'The Imp,^Rrieuse'; The Early American Tradition: Kenneth Roberts, 'The Raid on St. Francis'; Fred Cook, 'Struggle for the South'; R.E. Dupuy and W.H. Baumer, 'Wars With the Barbary Pirates'; 19th Century Colonial Warfare; Leo Tolstoy, The Raid; Wyatt Blassingame, 'How the Legion Began', 'The Legion Fights in Algeria'; The Civil War: Archer Hines, 'Military Means, Political Ends'; Bruce Catton, 'Total War and an Election'; World War I: Lowell Thomas, 'Trapped by a G-Ship..'; T.E. Lawrence, 'The Raid Upon the Bridges'; World War II in Western Europe and North Africa: Cajus Bekker, 'The Coup de Main at Eben Emael', 'The Blood-Bath of Crete'; Paul Carell, 'A British Commando Attempt to Capture Rommel', 'The British Raid on Tobruk', 'Brandenburgers in Action Behind the Front'; John Lodwick, Raiders from the Sea, Chapters 16-18; The Pacific War: Walter Lord, 'A Very Private War';Ronald Spector, 'The Road to Myitkyina'; Milton E. Miles, 'Chinese Pirates and the SACO Dragon'; Algeria, Round II: Jean Lart,^Rguy, 'The Leap of Leucadia'; The Ultimate Rescue: Chaim Herzog, 'Entebbe'; Bibliography; Index.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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