Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm, The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence

Published on
January 6, 2011
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Book Author(s)
Braxton R Eisel and James A Schreiner
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Hardcover, 9.8 x 7 x 1.3 inches, 272 pp, 100 photos (20 in color)
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Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site
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If you’re a military aviation geek like me, you can’t get enough of books like this. It chronicles the exploits of the authors as they deployed, fought, and returned home from Desert Shield / Desert Storm.

  • Chapter 1 covers the history of the Wild Weasel program, including the origin of the now infamous “YGBSM” unofficial motto. They also get into the specific threats faced and the basics of how they can bring down enemy aircraft.
  • Chapters 2, 3, and 4, detail the career paths of the authors and their training to become Wild Weasels.
  • In chapters 5-16 every imaginable detail of the their exploits during Desert Shield / Desert Storm are chronicled.

Occasionally, it does tend to get very technical but there’s an excellent appendix that spells out the more complex Iraqi systems. The color plates are excellently done and the B & W are very well placed in the context of the mission descriptions.

Three appendices lay out the specifics of the Wild Weasel platforms ( F-100C through F-16CG), Iraqi Air Defense Order of Battle, and CENTAF Wild Weasel HARM Shot Log. The shot log is a great reference for modelers because is includes things like tail numbers, dates, and results.

A glossary of acronyms would have been helpful but overall, this is a great read.


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