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Subject: July 4, 1976
longrifle    7/4/2007 7:00:40 PM
Bicentennial for the United States, right? True, but also the day that one of the most daring and well executed special operations in history took place. The Israeli hostage rescue at Entebbe Airport happened during the night of July 3-4, 1976.
 
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Yimmy       7/4/2007 7:05:49 PM
Am I right in thinking that this was conducted with much British and German SF aid?


 
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longrifle       7/4/2007 7:22:40 PM
Do you mean logistical support?  I don't know, but I've never heard anything that suggested that the raid force was anything other than pure Israeli. 

I believe it's rumored that the first commander of GSG-9 was along as an observer on an Israeli operation in the '70s, but I'm not sure if it was at Entebbe or not.
 
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Yimmy       7/4/2007 7:51:05 PM
I read somewhere that GSG9 and SAS were there.  I don't know what they did though.


 
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GOP       7/16/2007 2:04:10 AM

I read somewhere that GSG9 and SAS were there.  I don't know what they did though.




I can almost guarantee you that they did not have shooters involved in any way outside of possibly have snipers or some such provide real time intel, etc. They most likely acted as observers/advisors. Honestly, I hate using the word "advisor", as the Israeli were good to go and didn't need any "advice" so to speak from the GSG-9 or SAS, although their opinion would have probably been appreciated. Just a pet peeve of mine I guess. 
 
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gf0012-aust       7/16/2007 2:12:06 AM

I read somewhere that GSG9 and SAS were there.  I don't know what they did though.



I've got a few histories on Entebbe, including by some of the operators.  at no stage have i ever seen a reference to actives from SAS or GSG9.
I seriously doubt that the germans would have been along as at that stage their reputation for this kind of stuff was pretty much zero.
 
I kind of doubt that SAS would have been involved as it foes against the israeli penchant for keeping the informed population small so as to minimise leaks.  even some of their own people at senior levels were unaware until they were airborne.

 
 
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the British Lion       7/16/2007 6:38:27 AM
If I'm not mistaken, the Declaration of Independence was signed on the 2nd, not the 4th. But when the fledging U.S. government decided to make it a holiday, they couldn't remember the exact date, and thus went for the 4th.
 
That's all acording to my history professor of course... still, it's something just daft enough to be true!
 
B.L.
 
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Cactus       7/31/2007 1:58:58 PM

I read somewhere that GSG9 and SAS were there.  I don't know what they did though.




Are you sure you are not confusing this with another famous operation in North Africa, but one conducted by GSG9 and secretly supported by SAS?
 
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