When the UN called for the end of the British mandate and the partition of Palestine into two independent states. the RAF found itself under attack from both sides. Tracing the development of hostilities in the Middle East, this book covers the period from the establishment of the first proper Israeli Air Force in 1948 to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Israel's War of Independence against its Arab neighbours, the inevitable 'round two', the Suez Crisis of 1956, the Six Day War of 1967, the Yom Kippur wars of 1973 and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 are all detailed in this fascinating chronide of war in the Middle East.
Mark Rolfe is an extremely talented profile artist. He has worked on a number of titles in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces and Combat Aircraft series'. Israeli author Shiomo Aloni is a life-long student of Middle East air warfare in general and of the Israeli Air Force in particular. Israeli correspondent for 'Air Forces Monthly' and the Spanish 'Fuerza Aerea', he is also a regular contributor to a broad range of aviation journals including 'Air Enthusiast', 'Air International', 'Fly Past', 'Scale Aviation Modelling' and 'Wings of Fame' (UK). Together with Brian Cull and David Nicolle, he is the co-author of 'Spitfires over Israel' and 'Wings over Suez'.
The underground air force; Arab offensives; Israeli offensives; the Sinai campaign; operation focus; air supremacy in six days; preserving the status quo; attrition; Soviet intervention; three year pause; the missile bends the aircraft; victory after all; the aircraft bends the missile.