Storming Flight 181 - GSG-9 and the Mogadishu Hijack 1977: JACK 1977

Overview

In 1977, Lufthansa Flight 181 was hijacked by terrorists and flown to Mogadishu, Somalia. Once landed, members of the German special missions group, GSG-9, stormed the plane, killing three of the terrorists and wounding the fourth, while successfully avoiding any major harm to the hostages. This book details the backgrounds of both GSG-9 and the hijackers and offers a detailed analysis of the planning and execution of the mission, codenamed Operation Feuerzauber (Fire Magic), one of the most audacious special ...

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Overview

In 1977, Lufthansa Flight 181 was hijacked by terrorists and flown to Mogadishu, Somalia. Once landed, members of the German special missions group, GSG-9, stormed the plane, killing three of the terrorists and wounding the fourth, while successfully avoiding any major harm to the hostages. This book details the backgrounds of both GSG-9 and the hijackers and offers a detailed analysis of the planning and execution of the mission, codenamed Operation Feuerzauber (Fire Magic), one of the most audacious special forces operations of modern times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849083768
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Raid Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 633,638
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris McNab has published more than 30 titles on history, military history, weapon systems and survival, including two titles for Osprey - Tools of Violence (2008) and Deadly Force (2009) - and other works such as Twentieth-Century Small Arms (2001), The Encyclopedia of Combat Techniques (2002), Fallschirmjäger - German Paratroopers of World War II (2000) and Weapons of War: AK47 (2001). Chris was a contributor to Hugh McManner's book Ultimate Special Forces (2003) and has written for the Times on the war in Afghanistan. Chris is also an experienced freelance copy-editor for Osprey, having worked on many of its series and general titles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Origins 8

PLO/PFLP 8

Terrorism in Germany 10

Munich and the response 11

The hijack of LH181 16

PFLP cell 18

Initial Strategy 21

Rome 22

Larnaca.and Bahrain 24

Dubai 27

Passenger conditions 32

Training for action 34

Aden 37

Flight to Mogadishu 40

State of play 42

Plan 44

Initial reconnaissance 48

The GSG 9 team 50

Action plan 52

The Raid 58

Feuerzauber 61

Analysis 69

Tactical success 71

Conclusion 76

Bibliography 79

Index 80

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