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Operation Allied Force 1999

Operation Allied Force 1999

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Authors: Dr Brian D. Laslie & Adam Tooby

Yugoslavia & former Yugoslavia | Kosovo | USA | NATO | c 1990 to c 2000 | Military history: post WW2 conflicts | Air forces & warfare | Battles & campaigns

Published on 20th June 2024 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Osprey Publishing) in the United Kingdom as part of the 'Air Campaign' series.

Paperback / softback | 96 pages, Illustrated throughout with around 60 photos and at least 14 pages of colour illustrations
248mm x 184mm | 96g

A focused, illustrated history and analysis of perhaps the most complete air power victory in modern times, NATO's war against Serbian forces over Kosovo.

On the night of March 24, 1999, NATO forces began military action to stop Serbia's campaign of repression during the Kosovo War. Initially planned to be a 72-hour operation, it took 78 days of sustained air warfare for Operation Allied Force to cause Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw his forces. Despite such setbacks as the loss of an F-117 stealth fighter and the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Allied Force ended with perhaps the most complete airpower victory of modern times. However, there is a dearth of written histories on NATO’s air war over Kosovo. In this book Dr Brian D. Laslie, one of the leading scholars of modern air power operations, offers a complete history of the campaign, based on a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Although predominantly a USAF effort, the campaign also featured multinational contributions as well as significant naval aviation. Using spectacular original battlescenes, maps and 3D diagrams, Dr Laslie examines the aircraft, weapons and doctrine used, the Serbian air defenses, how the Allied forces planned and launched their air campaign, and how NATO had to rapidly adapt its initial plans to achieve success.

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