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The Resource Angels in the sky : how a band of volunteer airmen saved the new state of Israel, Robert Gandt

Angels in the sky : how a band of volunteer airmen saved the new state of Israel, Robert Gandt

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Angels in the sky : how a band of volunteer airmen saved the new state of Israel
Title
Angels in the sky
Title remainder
how a band of volunteer airmen saved the new state of Israel
Statement of responsibility
Robert Gandt
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The gripping story of how an all-volunteer air force helped defeat five Arab nations and protect the fledgling Jewish state. In 1948, only three years after the Holocaust, the newly founded nation of Israel came under siege from a coalition of Arab states. The invaders vowed to annihilate the tiny country and its 600,000 settlers. A second Holocaust was in the making. Outnumbered sixty to one, the Israelis had no allies, no regular army, no air force, no superpower to intercede on their behalf. The United States, Great Britain, and most of Europe enforced a strict embargo on the shipment of arms to the embattled country. In the first few days, the Arab armies overran Israel. The Egyptian air force owned the sky, making continuous air attacks on Israeli cities and army positions. Israel's extinction seemed certain. And then came help. From the United States, Canada, Britain, France, South Africa arrived a band of volunteer airmen. Most were World War II veterans--young, idealistic, swaggering, noble, eccentric, courageous beyond measure. Many were Jews, a third were not. Most of them knowingly violated their nations' embargoes on the shipment of arms and aircraft to Israel. They smuggled in Messerschmitt fighters from Czechoslovakia, painting over swastikas with Israeli stars. Defying their own countries' strict laws, the airmen risked everything--their lives, careers, citizenship--to fight for Israel. They were a small group, fewer than 150. In the crucible of war they became brothers in a righteous cause. They flew, fought, died, and, against all odds, helped save a new nation. The saga of the volunteer airmen in Israel's war of independence stands as one of the most stirring--and untold--war stories of the past century"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
Dewey number
956.04/248095694
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS126.96.A3
LC item number
G36 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Angels in the sky : how a band of volunteer airmen saved the new state of Israel, Robert Gandt
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn971344228
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 442 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393254778
Lccn
2017028807
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Angels in the sky : how a band of volunteer airmen saved the new state of Israel, Robert Gandt
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn971344228
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 442 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393254778
Lccn
2017028807
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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