Osprey's Big Reveal: Raid

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Next up on the Big Reveal, we're unveiling our Raid titles. Read below to find out more.


RAID: Operation Eagle Claw 1980

Following months of negotiations after the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979, President Jimmy Carter ordered the newly formed Delta Force to conduct a raid into Iran to free the hostages. The raid, Operation Eagle Claw, was risky to say the least. US forces would have to fly into the deserts of Iran on C-130s; marry up with carrier-based RH-53D helicopters; fly to hide sites near Tehran; approach the Embassy via trucks; seize the Embassy and rescue the hostages; board the helicopters descending on Tehran; fly to an airbase captured by more US forces; and then fly out on C-141s and to freedom. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly given the complexity of the mission, things went wrong from the start and when the mission was called off at the refueling site at Desert One, the resulting collision between aircraft killed eight US personnel. This title tells the full story of this tragic operation.


RAID: We Killed Yamamoto

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet during World War II, masterminded the most devastating surprise attack against the United States in its history. A key intelligence breakthrough enabled the military to pinpoint his location and execute him.

This new title analyses the origins, implementation, and outcomes of Operation Vengeance, the long-range fighter interception of Admiral Yamamoto’s transport aircraft that sent him to his death on 18th April 1943. Author Si Sheppard examines every angle of the operation in detail, including the role of intelligence work in pinpointing the time and location of Yamamoto’s flight, the chain of command at the highest level of the US political and military establishment who ordered the attack, and the technical limitations that had to be overcome in planning and conducting the raid. It also provides a close study of the aerial combat involved in completing the mission, offering a holistic exploration of the operation which avenged Pearl Harbor.

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Hessy Field posted on 7 Sep 2019 15:39:40
Not one of my favourite Osprey series - but "Operation Eagle Claw" definitely worth a shout.
PAUL W posted on 29 Aug 2019 09:21:56
ksb, I’m British, so the reason I don’t fancy op eagle claw has nothing to do with me being a yank! Also, whilst KenA certainly doesn’t need me to defend him, I believe he is from New Zealand, so again, not a yank!
kuvaszsleepybear posted on 24 Aug 2019 23:52:45
Well maybe it's becuz Osprey can't find authors for "Raids" but I can think of DOZENS of titles for "Raids" but at least they haven't given up on them,I understand all the Yanks out there wouldn't be too chuffed about an "Eagle Claw" book.Now where is PEBBLE ISLAND eh?
PAUL W posted on 24 Aug 2019 15:32:35
I agree with several of the comments here. It would be nice to get an odd fortress or battle order book. Disappointed that there is only 2 raid titles as this is one of my favourite serries. I do like the sound of the Yamamoto book but not too bothered about op eagle claw. Some great title suggestions from AdamC, I'd buy all of those. I've put forward op anthropoid, the krait raids ops jaywick / rimau and world war 1 trench raids.
GI Gene posted on 23 Aug 2019 22:00:40
Very happy RAID is continuing. Operation Eagle Claw 1980 is the one title I am looking forward to the most from the Big Reveal so far.

Paintybeard and KenA bring up an interesting point. If Yamamoto was not shot down, would the war have been different? Yes, but the outcome would have been the same with a few alterations like a carrier battle in 1943. I also hope the book will cover the controversy of who really shot him down, Lanphier or Barber.
AdamC posted on 23 Aug 2019 16:37:30
Well it's a short list but it's a good list! Two very interesting titles there for RAID. Nice to see it still get a handful of titles from time to time. I think it has plenty of places to go still - how about The Harrying of the North 1069-70, Sullivan Expedition 1779, Taku Forts 1859-60, The Cruise of the Emden 1914, Operation Albion 1917, Operation Colossus 1941, The Kidnap of General Kreipe 1944, Son Tay 1970 or Pebble Island 1982? Loads to look at still. Bring on the next list.
KenA posted on 23 Aug 2019 13:34:02
Good to see the number of Raid titles starting to increase again. I can’t say that the Iran hostage crisis title does much for me but the Yamamoto one has potential and I’ve put it on my ‘To Buy List’.

Like Painty, I would hope the Yamamoto book would include consideration of Yamamoto’s value to Japan, the counter-factual of the raid’s success, the value of the raid’s success to the Allied war effort, etc. Concluding with how much of a difference did Yamamoto’s death make to Japan’s naval war effort and the ending of the naval war in the Pacific?
Paintybeard posted on 23 Aug 2019 13:02:38
Two very nice books that I shall certainly get.

I hope that Mr Sheppard will spend a little time reflecting whether the assassination of enemy leaders in wartime is justified. Also, was Yamamoto REALLY such a genius that this operation substantially advanced the American cause? Or was it just revenge?

I'm so glad that we continue to get occasional books in this series. Perhaps Osprey might consider at least one title each year for "Fortress" and "Battle Order"?

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