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Operation Damocles: Israel's Secret War Against Hitler's Scientists, 1951-1967

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From 1951 to 1967 Egypt pursued a secret program to build military rockets that could have conceivably posed a threat to neighboring Israel. Because such an ambitious project required Western expertise, the Egyptian leader President Nasser hired West German scientists, many of them veterans of the Nazi rocket program at Peenemünde and elsewhere. These covert plans soon cam ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Pegasus (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lurid cover (swastika) and teaser sub title - 'Israel's Secret War Against German Scientists' promise the reader a story of Israeli Mossad derring-do and perhaps revelations long suppressed about a dangerous period of time in the Middle East.

Unfortunately for the reader, nothing much happens in the book as nothing much happened in real life. Yes, Nasser's regime employed German scientists to develop rockets and jet fighters. And yes, Israel conducted counter-measures, assassination attempts and
Aaron Finestone
Back in the 1960’s I read ominous items in the Jewish press about Nazi scientists developing guided missiles—and worse yet, nuclear weapons—-in Egypt. Never seeing the same stories in the Philadelphia Bulletin or Inquirer, and the United States government, supporting both the Arabs and the Israelis, saying nothing, I dismissed these accounts as rumors at best and propaganda at worst.

It turns out the stories were true, as revealed in Operation Damocles by Roger Howard and recently released by Ope
I picked up this book from the library a few weeks ago, and I thought it looked interesting because of the whole spy/post-Hitler/Israel thing going on there. It took me a while to get into, mostly because I wasn't really familiar with the jargon and in the beginning it was basically just a lot about people and very detailed. The book was very taxing but fairly simple. I really enjoyed the conclusion, it summed everything up nicely, though I think that I could have just read that and it would hav ...more
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