During the Six-Day War, the IAF demonstrated the importance of air superiority during the course of a modern conflict, especially in a desert theatre. Following the IAF’s preliminary air attack, in which the IAF achieved near total tactical surprise (only four unarmed Egyptian training flights were in the air when the strike began), it was able to thwart and harass what remained of the Arab air forces and to grant itself air superiority over all fronts; it then complemented the strategic effect of its initial strike by carrying out tactical support operations.

Osprey Duel 28 Mirage III vs MiG-21 - Six Day War 1967

Osprey publishing has released their new publication from Duel series Mirage III vs MiG-21 – Six Day War 1967. This book gives a reader very nice overview of this clash, and the most common aircraft that were engaging during the conflict. Mirage III on the Israeli side and Mig-21 on Arab side. Book is printed on 80 pages with paperback covers, and the thing that catches an eye at the first glance is amazing color art on front cover. To be honest, this is one of the best illustrations I have seen so far. Inside the book you will find great number of archive photos and several outstanding illustrations of the Mirage III and MiG-21.

Book content is as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Design and development
  • The Strategic Situation
  • Technical Specifications
  • The Combatants
  • Combat
  • Statistics and Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Further Reading

Although the opposing forces of the Six Day War were both flying comparable third-generation Mach 2 jet fighters, the pilots were trained to different standards, and were expected to utilize different tactics. Clearly Israeli tactics and Pilots were better since Mirage III pilots shot down 23 Mig -21 and lost only 5 Mirage III planes during the conflict. All information’s about these events can be found in this magnificent book.

I can recommend this book to all readers interested in the subject. Book can be purchased here!

Darko Mladenovic

Sample book provided by Joseph McCullough, Marketing Coordinator Osprey Publishing