Osprey Publishing Raid: Killing Bin Laden Operation Neptune Spear 2011

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On May 2, 2011, a ten-year manhunt drew to a deadly end as the men of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group (a.k.a. SEAL Team Six) closed in on their prey, Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Flown from Afghanistan by Army Special Operations Command's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and evading detection by the Pakistani military, two US helicopters flew towards the compound where they believed Bin Laden to be. Forty minutes later one helicopter had crashed and five people were dead, including the al-Qaeda leader. In this book the story of the raid is told, from start to finish, using specially commissioned full-color artwork, photographs, and maps. The operation, code-named Neptune Spear, is expertly analyzed and the events are told in a concise and clear account of its build-up, execution, and aftermath, demonstrating the skill and courage of the men who carried it out.


  • Introduction
  • Origins
  • Initial Strategy
  • The Plan
  • The Raid
  • Aftermath
  • Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
    • Soft Cover
    • 80 Pages

The Introduction briefly describes the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), more popularly known as "Seal Team 6 that carried out the raid on the bin Laden's compound.

Origins discusses the factors affecting the development of bin Laden into the world's most notorious terrorist leader: growing up as a religious militant, developing a vengeful hatred of Israel and the US for inciting anti-Muslim factions in Lebanon, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Bin Laden's early development lead him to develop his plan for a worldwide revolution to destroy corrupt societies and bring the world to Islam. Bin Laden co-founded Al Qaeda as an organization to wage war against the United States and trigger a global Jihad


“This book delivers a tremendous amount of information in a very well organized, very well presented manner. Highly Recommended!” ―Armor Modeling and Preservation Society

“Peter F. Panzeri Jr. has developed another highly detailed account of the hunt leading up to the raid on the bin Laden's compound in Abottabad, Pakistan, and his ultimate death. This is a fascinating book that portrays a vivid picture of the events leading up to and the actual raid on bin Laden's compound.” ―Bill O'Malley, IPMS/USA

“Excellent diagrams, maps and illustrations that help the reader follow this complex mission. Good reference material for insight how Special Forces raids are planned and executed.” ―Armorama

“Learn how Operation Neptune Spear successfully executed 'the world's most wanted man' -- bringing mass-murderer Osama Bin Laden to an apt end.  Get Osprey's terrific little tome. Highly recommended!” ―Cybermodeler Online