The cloak-and-dagger story of the former Nazi scientists recruited by Egypt to develop long-range missiles capable of striking Israel.
From 1951 to 1967, Egypt pursued a secret program to build military rockets that could have conceivably posed a threat to neighboring Israel. Because such an ambitious project required Western expertise, the Egyptian leader president Nasser hired West German scientists, many of them veterans of the Nazi rocket program at Peenemünde and elsewhere.
These covert plans soon came to the attention of Israel’s legendary secret service, Mossad, and caused deep alarm in Tel Aviv. Could the missiles be fitted with warheads filled with radiological, chemical, or even nuclear materials? Israel responded by using threats, intimidation, and brutal assassination squads to deter the German scientists from working on Nasser’s behalf.
Exactly half a century later, this book tells the gripping story of the mysterious arms dealers, Mossad assassins, scientific genii, and leading figures who all played their part in Operation Damocles.
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About the Author
Roger Howardis a British journalist and historian specializing in the Middle East. Roger’s articles have appeared in theGuardian, the LondonTimes, theDaily Telegraph, theIndependent, theWall Street Journal,The Spectator, theNew Statesman, theInternational Herald Tribune, and many other newspapers. He lives in England.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Striking the Sword 1
Chapter 2 Building the Network 10
Chapter 3 Sharpening the Sword 18
Chapter 4 Israel Prepares to Strike 31
Chapter 5 Tensions Grow 43
Chapter 6 Killing Mustafa 58
Chapter 7 Egypt Under Attack 69
Chapter 8 The Frustrated Scientists 81
Chapter 9 "Wanted: Specialist Engineers" 89
Chapter 10 The Mossad Reaction 103
Chapter 11 The Scientists Get to Work 115
Chapter 12 Mossad Watches the Egyptians 127
Chapter 13 The Egyptians Press Ahead 136
Chapter 14 Celebrations in Cairo 145
Chapter 15 "Little Isser" Raises the Alarm 155
Chapter 16 Operation Damocles 164
Chapter 17 Damocles Continues 179
Chapter 18 Hysteria in Israel 189
Chapter 19 Mossad Fights On 200
Chapter 20 The Egyptians Fight Back 213
Chapter 21 The Scientists Pull Out 227