10/06/2014 05:29 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Disarmers of Terror': Life With an Israeli Bomb Squad, 1984

In December 1984, LIFE magazine--then in its two-decade-long run as a monthly--published an article and photographs on "the busiest bomb squad in the world." Written by David Friend and featuring pictures by J. Ross Baughman, the article, "Disarmers of Terror," chronicled the professional and personal lives of a never-before-photographed Israeli bomb squad in Jerusalem. Now, 30 years later, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict still front and center in the headlines, has posted a series of Baughman's photos, many of which never ran in LIFE, as well an excerpt from his new memoir, Angle (VisionsPress, 2014), in which he recounts the origin and the fascinating logistics of the bomb squad assignment.

[See more photos of the Israeli bomb squad, on and off the job, and read an excerpt from Ross Baughman's new memoir at]


Dressed in protective gear, an Israeli bomb squad member learns to juggle using three hand grenades on a hill above Jerusalem, 1984. Photo: J. Ross Baughman


Uri, an Israeli bomb squad officer, says goodbye to his children in the morning, 1984. Photo: J. Ross Baughman