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Wings over Ogaden - The Ethiopian-Somali War 1978-79 -Helion & Company via Casemate UK

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Wings over Ogaden

The Ethiopian-Somali War 1978-79

ISBN : 9781909982383

Helion & Company via Casemate UK




In late 1977 to early 1978 Somalia launched a military offensive over the disputed Ethiopian region of Ogaden. Following a period of internal unrest in Ethiopia the Somalia leadership throught they would take advantage and take Ogaden. While a local dispute it had all the hallmarks of a cold war dispute fueld by "aid" from East & West. Somalia was originally supported by the USSR, however they were not happy with the invasion of Ethiopia and in effect switched sides to support Ethiopia. As massive airlift of supplies and 16000 Cuban troops helped save Ethiopia from defeat. On the otherside the US ceased its support of Ethiopia and started supporting Somalia.  The war ended when the US brokered a ceasefire, however parts of the region would stay in Somali hands until 1980. Airpower was heavily used in the conflict with the Ethiopians having well trained pilots flying new American hardware particularly the F-5E. 




This new publication from Helion & Company delas with the aerial warfare in the Ethiopian - Somali War of 1978-79. The book looks at the following areas;


  1. Geopolitical Background
  2. Military Backgrounds
  3. Military Balance & Planning
  4. Invasion
  5. Switching Alliances
  6. The Rout


The book is A4 softbound and 64 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. In the centre are seven pages of colour aircraft profiles, five pages of colour pictures, and 4 pages of colour maps. 





If you're interested in the lesser known Air Forces, and conflicts of the war this is to be recommended. 





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