Israeli Paratroopers 1954–2016

Israeli Paratroopers 1954–2016

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  • Author: David Campbell
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 224
  • Publication Date: 18 Oct 2018
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From the creation of the first volunteer paratroop unit shortly after the birth of Israel and of the Israeli Defense Force, this arm of service has been recognized as elite. They have also been the first choice for daring special missions, and it is mainly from their ranks that Israel's Special Forces units have been recruited. A unique aspect of the Israeli military is the cross-posting of officers from the airborne, armoured and other units, to ensure that all unit commanders share their aggressive qualities and thorough understanding of the capabilities of all arms. In this way the influence of the paratroop arm has been out of proportion to its size.

This fully illustrated study is a complete history of Israeli paratroopers from its creation to the present day, including relevant developments in their role and organization, as well as their achievements and setbacks in conflicts such as the Six Days War and Yom Kippur War.

Biographical Note

David Campbell has worked as a freelance news media producer and content specialist for many years, including roles at IBM, the BBC, various internet consultancies and the civil service. He has a broad range of interests in literature and history, including the Middle Ages, the Napoleonic era, naval warfare and the genesis of the ‘military revolution'. He lives in Southsea, UK.Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, leading him to study Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Contents

Introduction - overview
Origins, recruitment & training - place in Israeli culture
Doctrine - borrowed ideas, development through experience - strategic role & tactical employment - impact throughout the IDF
Campaign history: 1956 Sinai War - 1967 Six-Day War - 1973 Yom Kippur War
Special operations: the War of Attrition - Entebbe - Operation 'Litani'
Lebanon, 1982-2000 & 2006 -present
The intifadas
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