By Robert Gandt
The gripping tale of ways an all-volunteer air strength helped defeat 5 Arab international locations and shield the fledgling Jewish state.
In 1948, in basic terms 3 years after the Holocaust, the newly based kingdom of Israel got here less than siege from a coalition of Arab states. The invaders vowed to annihilate the tiny kingdom and its 600,000 settlers. A moment Holocaust was once within the making.
Outnumbered sixty to at least one, the Israelis had no allies, no usual military, no air strength, no superpower to intercede on their behalf. the U.S., nice Britain, and such a lot of Europe enforced a strict embargo at the cargo of fingers to the embattled state. within the first few days, the Arab armies overran Israel. The Egyptian air strength owned the sky, making non-stop air assaults on Israeli towns and military positions. Israel’s extinction appeared certain.
And then got here aid. From the USA, Canada, Britain, France, South Africa arrived a band of volunteer airmen. such a lot have been global battle II veterans—young, idealistic, swaggering, noble, eccentric, brave past degree. Many have been Jews, a 3rd weren't. such a lot of them knowingly violated their countries’ embargoes at the cargo of fingers and plane to Israel. They smuggled in Messerschmitt warring parties from Czechoslovakia, portray over swastikas with Israeli stars. Defying their very own international locations’ strict legislation, the airmen risked everything—their lives, careers, citizenship—to struggle for Israel.
They have been a small crew, fewer than a hundred and fifty. within the crucible of struggle they grew to become brothers in a righteous reason. They flew, fought, died, and, opposed to all odds, helped shop a brand new country. The saga of the volunteer airmen in Israel’s battle of independence stands as some of the most stirring—and untold—war tales of the prior century.
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Angels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel by Robert Gandt