A-10 Thunderbolt II Units
Operation Enduring Freedom 2002-07


Author: Gary Wetzel
Jim Laurier

This paperback book is number 98 in the Combat Aircraft series of books published by Osprey Publishing.

The A-10 was never a favorite amongst the USAF’s senior staff, and prior to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 they had attempted to transfer the aircraft to the US Army and Marine Corps. Reprieved from premature retirement, the A-10 would see combat in the Balkans during the mid-1990s and over Iraq in Operations Northern Watch and Southern Watch until Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003. Following the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, the Bush administration responded with the instigation of Operation Enduring Freedom. A-10 aircraft first entered the fray during Operation Anaconda in March 2002. During Anaconda four A-10s flying from Pakistan provided 21 straight hours of FAC (A)/CAS coverage. The untold story of the A-10 in Enduring Freedom will be explored and presented as never before through first hand interviews and photography from those involved, along with official military achieves. This title is the first of three planned covering the combat experience of the USAF’s A-10 Thunderbolt II units. Follow-on volumes will examine the role of the Warthog during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The contents of this book are;

  • Early Years
  • Operation Anaconda
  • Bagram
  • Renewed Fighting
  • Keeping the Pressure On
  • Appendices
  • Color Plates Commentary
  • Index

This excellent reference source contains over 20 color plates, numerous photographs, and pages of drawings illustrating the different units who fought in Operation Enduring Freedom from 2002 to 2007. This paperback book would be an invaluable reference source to modelers looking to create models of planes from this time.

This Paperback book is available from Osprey Publications 
MSRP UK £13.99/ US $22.95/ CAN $23.95