Wings over Suez: The Only Authoritative Account of Air Operations During the Sinai and Suez Wars of 1956

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Guiding the reader meticulously through the details of the air conflict between the Israelis and their Arab neighbors from the end of the 1948-49 war, the authors, each an expert in his own field then accurately reconstruct a blow-by-blow account of the Anglo-French air attacks on Egyptian airfields and other targets. With contributions by many of the pilots involved, the book is profusely illustrated with 200 photographs, many extremely rare.
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Guiding the reader meticulously through the details of the air conflict between the Israelis and their Arab neighbors from the end of the 1948-49 war, the authors, each an expert in his own field then accurately reconstruct a blow-by-blow account of the Anglo-French air attacks on Egyptian airfields and other targets. With contributions by many of the pilots involved, the book is profusely illustrated with 200 photographs, many extremely rare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904943556
  • Publisher: Grub Street
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,343,746
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vi
Forewords
Rear Admiral A.R. Rawbone CB AFC     viii
Air Chief Marshal Sir David Harcourt-Smith GBE KCB DFC     x
Wings Over Suez - Revisions to Original Edition     xi
After the War was Over     1
Egypt's Military Expansion 1949-52     5
Israel and the Arms Race 1949-53     32
Israel Flexes its Muscles 1954-55     52
Egypt's Failed Honeymoon with Britain 1953-55     68
The Bloody Road to Suez: January to October 1956     91
Operation Kadesh: The Sinai War, 29 October to 6 November 1956     115
The Anglo-French Build-up: August to October 1956     156
Map     184
The Bombers Strike the First Blow: 31 October 1956     185
The Destruction of an Air Force: 1 November 1956     198
First Allied Air Casualties: 2 November 1956     237
Allied Air Losses Mount: 3 November 1956     264
Preparing for the Airborne Assault: 4 November 1956     279
Fireworks over Gamil - the Airborne Invasion: 5 November 1956     292
Enter the Commandos - the Seaborne Invasion: 6 November 1956     316
Conclusions and Impressions     339
Aftermath     356
Appendices     367
Select Bibliography & Sources     375
Index     377
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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Excellent work! A must for every student of Military History!

    The research done on this book was excellent. It is very evident that the author wanted to give us the historical facts, with no bias, while still making it exciting and interesting reading and he has succeeded! His lavish use of pictures throughout the book also goes a long way towards keeping the interest level high. The majority of these pictures, I am sure, have not been published anywhere else. This book has given me an insight into a piece of twentieth-century military history that unfolded while I was still a young child, and about which I have not been able to find out very much in the past. It has definitely filled that gap.

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