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

Author(s): Saul David


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.


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"Will introduce a new generation to an extraordinary story... Brilliantly told." ""Jewish Chronicle"""

Saul David is a military historian and broadcaster. He is the author of "The Indian Mutiny," which was shortlisted for the Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature, "Military Blunders," "Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879" (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year) and "Victoria's Wars."

General Fields

  • : 9780316245418
  • : Little Brown and Company
  • : Little Brown and Company
  • : December 2015
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Saul David
  • : Hardback
  • : 967.6104
  • : 464