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Volume 4 in Harpia Publishing's highly successful Arab MiGs series expands the history of the major Arab air forces that became involved in the wars with Israel during the period 1967 to 1973. It solves the intractable complexity of this violent period by dispassionately outlining the sequence of political and military events in chronological and geographic order. The read Volume 4 in Harpia Publishing's highly successful Arab MiGs series expands the history of the major Arab air forces that became involved in the wars with Israel during the period 1967 to 1973. It solves the intractable complexity of this violent period by dispassionately outlining the sequence of political and military events in chronological and geographic order. The reader is systematically taken through Egyptian attempts to reconstruct its battered air force and expand its air defense capabilities, and then reestablish control of its airspace in spite of increasing and ever more aggressive Israeli attacks.The military support Israel received from the United States not only resulted in both sides developing, testing and employing ever more advanced methods of air warfare, but eventually provoked a Soviet military intervention, which marked the culmination of the period better known as the War of Attrition.The narrative continues with dramatic descriptions of the developments in Jordan, which culminated in a civil war in 1970, and with an exclusive insight into the previously unknown expansion of the Syrian air arm with extensive support from Czechoslovakia, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The content is concluded with lesser known military events in Algeria, Morocco, Iraq and Libya, where a series of military coups resulted in developments that were to become critical not only for the future of the local air forces, but also well beyond the borders of those countries.REVIEWS Particularly noteworthy, Tom Cooper's superb color profiles and hundreds of photos offer modelers plenty of project inspiration. And contributor Martin Smisek's revelations from "Operation 104" through post-1967 reconstruction efforts illumine the considerable, continuous cooperation between Czechoslovakia and Syria.Over 200 B&W and color photos, tables, sidebars, maps and absorbing anecdotes further flavor the narrative wow what a riveting read! This set keeps getting better and better. I've said it before: Harpia's superb series deserves place in every enthusiast's library. Get all four terrific tomes. I'm licking my eyebrows for Volume 5! Rabidly recommended! CybermodelerThe authors have done a superlative job of researching this volume. They have talked to those who fought in the war, have poured over available documents in all the nations involved, and were able to piece together a very interesting picture of what occurred nearly fifty years ago. Any and all conclusions drawn are based on the facts they were able to obtain and where the information is not clear, it is presented as such. It covers not only the main Arab nations, but also the events in Libya, Morrocco and Lebanon. I particularly found the section on Egypt's involvement in Yemen to be of interest as so little has ever been written about this, and the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the events of the time is also interesting. Few realize that the Soviet Union sent an entire squadron to Egypt to help in their air defense as well as provided other resources such as long range reconnaissance, air/sea services and some modern bomber types, though few of these were every involved directly in combat. The book also busts the myth of the Nesher being the result of Israeli intelligence obtaining plans for the plane and building it themselves. At the time, the Israeli aircraft industry was quite incapable of building a plane from scratch as they did not have the equipment nor the expertise. Despite the French government putting an 'embargo' on shipments to Israel, the Mirage 5Js that Israel paid for were clandestinely shipped to Israel by Dassault and assembled with the help of French and US personnel. There is more to it than that, but I'll leave that for you to read yourself when you get the book. The book is not a quick read, but it is one that I highly recommend to those interested in the topic and with open minds. There are a lot of great photos, charts and maps included as well as some color profiles that will be very useful to modelers and enthusiasts alike.Modeling Madness"


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Volume 4 in Harpia Publishing's highly successful Arab MiGs series expands the history of the major Arab air forces that became involved in the wars with Israel during the period 1967 to 1973. It solves the intractable complexity of this violent period by dispassionately outlining the sequence of political and military events in chronological and geographic order. The read Volume 4 in Harpia Publishing's highly successful Arab MiGs series expands the history of the major Arab air forces that became involved in the wars with Israel during the period 1967 to 1973. It solves the intractable complexity of this violent period by dispassionately outlining the sequence of political and military events in chronological and geographic order. The reader is systematically taken through Egyptian attempts to reconstruct its battered air force and expand its air defense capabilities, and then reestablish control of its airspace in spite of increasing and ever more aggressive Israeli attacks.The military support Israel received from the United States not only resulted in both sides developing, testing and employing ever more advanced methods of air warfare, but eventually provoked a Soviet military intervention, which marked the culmination of the period better known as the War of Attrition.The narrative continues with dramatic descriptions of the developments in Jordan, which culminated in a civil war in 1970, and with an exclusive insight into the previously unknown expansion of the Syrian air arm with extensive support from Czechoslovakia, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The content is concluded with lesser known military events in Algeria, Morocco, Iraq and Libya, where a series of military coups resulted in developments that were to become critical not only for the future of the local air forces, but also well beyond the borders of those countries.REVIEWS Particularly noteworthy, Tom Cooper's superb color profiles and hundreds of photos offer modelers plenty of project inspiration. And contributor Martin Smisek's revelations from "Operation 104" through post-1967 reconstruction efforts illumine the considerable, continuous cooperation between Czechoslovakia and Syria.Over 200 B&W and color photos, tables, sidebars, maps and absorbing anecdotes further flavor the narrative wow what a riveting read! This set keeps getting better and better. I've said it before: Harpia's superb series deserves place in every enthusiast's library. Get all four terrific tomes. I'm licking my eyebrows for Volume 5! Rabidly recommended! CybermodelerThe authors have done a superlative job of researching this volume. They have talked to those who fought in the war, have poured over available documents in all the nations involved, and were able to piece together a very interesting picture of what occurred nearly fifty years ago. Any and all conclusions drawn are based on the facts they were able to obtain and where the information is not clear, it is presented as such. It covers not only the main Arab nations, but also the events in Libya, Morrocco and Lebanon. I particularly found the section on Egypt's involvement in Yemen to be of interest as so little has ever been written about this, and the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the events of the time is also interesting. Few realize that the Soviet Union sent an entire squadron to Egypt to help in their air defense as well as provided other resources such as long range reconnaissance, air/sea services and some modern bomber types, though few of these were every involved directly in combat. The book also busts the myth of the Nesher being the result of Israeli intelligence obtaining plans for the plane and building it themselves. At the time, the Israeli aircraft industry was quite incapable of building a plane from scratch as they did not have the equipment nor the expertise. Despite the French government putting an 'embargo' on shipments to Israel, the Mirage 5Js that Israel paid for were clandestinely shipped to Israel by Dassault and assembled with the help of French and US personnel. There is more to it than that, but I'll leave that for you to read yourself when you get the book. The book is not a quick read, but it is one that I highly recommend to those interested in the topic and with open minds. There are a lot of great photos, charts and maps included as well as some color profiles that will be very useful to modelers and enthusiasts alike.Modeling Madness"

9 review for Arab Migs Volume 4: Transition and War of Attrition, 1967-1973

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luka Novak

    As this book cover aftermath of June 1967 war key word is re. Reequip, reform, retrain and return. After devastating losses suffered in war Arab airforces found themselves seriously outmatched and in no position to defend their countries should Israel resume offensive. Book in turn covers Soviet program to reequip Arab airforces to pre war levels and in turn taking note of lessons learned and which weapons were obsolete. Then book focuses on Egyptian program to train new generation of pilots and As this book cover aftermath of June 1967 war key word is re. Reequip, reform, retrain and return. After devastating losses suffered in war Arab airforces found themselves seriously outmatched and in no position to defend their countries should Israel resume offensive. Book in turn covers Soviet program to reequip Arab airforces to pre war levels and in turn taking note of lessons learned and which weapons were obsolete. Then book focuses on Egyptian program to train new generation of pilots and their increased tempo of striking beck, first close to Suez Canal and then further into Sinai. Book then shifts to War of Attrition. Which shows how big Egyptian effort actually was and what they achieved. If most/mainstream western (as a rule via Israel) literature focuses on Israeli actions and dismisses Egyptian ones as largely ineffective (except sinking of destroyer Eliat) this book show it was far from so. While Egypt didn't give as good as it got as Israelis held increasing technological and training superiority Egypt did strike back. Book also covers Soviet involvement, Israeli attempts to shut down/destroy increasing number of Egyptian SAM sites. Attempts that were not as successful as Israelis claim. As with series so far book focuses on Egyptian air force, which is understandable. Jordan was largely out of picture by this point (book does touch on Black September), Syria was always secretive about its military and the lack of peace treaty with Israel and recent civil war doens't help. Which is also true for Iraq. You can see that Egypt was willing to learn from their mistakes, adapt and most importantly reform. Weed out commanders that were not up to task, adapt training to changing conditions, integrate new weapons and acknowledge shortfalls, even ones that could not be fixed. And just as importantly, keep military out of politics and let it focus on fighting. Seeds that slowly grew to increasingly better performance and good showing during 1973 war. Well researched and documented book that shows conflict from the other side and will surely make waves as it challenges accepted truths. Highly recommended

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Nole

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abdallah Emran

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lukáš

  5. 5 out of 5

    Basem.android

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Cordiez

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sverrir Arngrimsson

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Urchick

  9. 5 out of 5

    J.

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