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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2018 2:22 p.m. PST

""7 Days in Entebbe" (now in theaters) tells the story of Operation Thunderbolt, the daring 1976 rescue of 94 Israeli passengers and 12 crew members from an Air France grounded in Uganda after a hijacking by German PLO sympathizers. Inspired by the movie, we've got a list of the ten greatest operation names in military history.

The Entebbe raid was an enormous story back in 1976, so big that is wasn't totally overshadowed by the fact that the raid took place on the American Bicentennial on July 4, 1976. The popular fascination with the successful raid inspired two better-than-average, all-star TV movies that fall: "Victory at Entebbe" (starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Dreyfuss, Kirk Douglas, Helen Hayes, Burt Lancaster, Anthony Hopkins and Linda Blair) and "Raid on Entebbe" (starring Charles Bronson, Peter Finch, Jack Warden, James Woods, Sylvia Sidney and Martin Balsam. Plus Irvin Kershner of "The Empire Strikes Back" directed)…"
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USAFpilot17 Mar 2018 5:48 p.m. PST

And then there is the list of not so great operation names. Remember Operation Just Cause, the 1989 US invasion of Panama, or how I liked to jokingly call it Operation Just Because.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member17 Mar 2018 6:10 p.m. PST

Mine has always been "Operation Wrath Of God", number 7 on the attached list.

Momma had a terrorist and it's head popped off.
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Katzbalger18 Mar 2018 4:04 p.m. PST

I liked "Raid on Entebbe." Several folks have done games based on the raid, back in the 90s, I think (and more recently, I assume).

There's always Operation Minty Hippo for a really…errr…great name (bonus points for anyone that knows where that name came from).


Lion in the Stars19 Mar 2018 5:11 p.m. PST

Overlord isn't bad.

Op Downfall is a bit too explicit, though the component parts were good: Olympic and Coronet.

But overall, that's actually a really good list of names in the article!

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