Sunday, December 13, 2015

Book Review: Ghosts of Atonement

Shlomo Aloni
Ghosts of Atonement: Israeli F-4 Phantom Operations During the Yom Kippur War
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2015
Category: Israel Air Force - History

Rating: 5-Stars

Ghosts of Atonement stands out among the best of Shlomo Aloni's works, providing the most comprehensive record published to date for Israeli F-4 Phantom operations during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.  Aloni documents individual sorties, squadrons, call signs, and the pilots and aircraft numbers involved.  Drawing on official records, he includes not only numerous photographs from the era, but also aerial photographs of bomb damage, and official maps of known missile batteries.  Interspersed with the documented details, Aloni adds first-hand pilot accounts from individual missions, providing the most complete record possible for one of Israel's most hard-fought wars.

Ghosts of Atonement sets the standard for the level of quality and detail that should be expected from a comprehensive war documentary, and against which all future publications on this subject will be judged.  The text is further supplemented by appendices which includes individual aircraft serial numbers and squadron assignments, the pilot rosters for each squadron, and aircraft and pilots lost during the war.  Aloni has again set the bar for chronicling the wartime experience of Israel's air force.

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