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Operation Thunderbolt

(2015)
Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the 20th Century's Greatest Special Forces Mission
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'Totally thrilling, totally poignant. Bringing the greatest special forces operation of modern times blazingly to life' Simon Sebag Montefiore At 15.40 hours on 3 July 1976, four Hercules C-130 transport planes carrying a secret Israeli special forces unit take off from an air force base in the Sinai Desert and fly south down the Red Sea. Codenamed Thunderbolt, the operation carries huge risks. The flight is a challenge: 2,000 miles with total radio silence over hostile territory to land in darkness at Entebbe Airport in Idi Amin's Uganda. On the ground, the Israeli commandos have just three minutes to carry out their mission. They must evade a cordon of elite Ugandan paratroopers, storm the terminal and free more than a hundred Israeli, French and US hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists. So much can go wrong: the death of the hostages if the terrorists get wind of the assault; or the capture of Israel's finest soldiers if their Hercules planes cannot take off. Both would be a human and a PR catastrophe. Now, with the mission largely forgotten or even unknown to many, Saul David gives the first comprehensive account of Operation Thunderbolt using classified documents from archives in four countries and interviews with key participants, including Israeli soldiers and politicians, hostages, a member of the Kenyan government and a former terrorist. General Bill McRaven, architect of the successful US mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, calls Operation Thunderbolt 'the best illustration of the theory of special operations yet presented.' Its legacy is still felt today: rather than give in to terrorist blackmail, western governments prefer to use specialist counter-terrorists units like Britain's SAS and the US Army's Delta Force to rescue hostages; while in Israel the very success of the operation may, ironically, have made it harder for politicians to force through the compromises required for peace. Both a thrilling page-turner and a major piece of hist

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December 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 0-316-24541-0 / 978-0-316-24541-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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July 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 1-4447-6251-6 / 978-1-4447-6251-8 (UK edition)
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March 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 0-316-24539-9 / 978-0-316-24539-5 (USA edition)
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 1-4447-6254-0 / 978-1-4447-6254-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
ISBN: 1-4447-6253-2 / 978-1-4447-6253-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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December 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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December 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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July 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
Author(s): Saul David
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK