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Operation Granby


British Challenger tanks during the Gulf War:

British Challenger tanks during the Gulf War
Operation Granby was the name given to the British military operations in the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1991, that were precipitated by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. This includes British participation in the international Coalition's defence of Saudi Arabia (known to the Americans as "Operation Desert Shield"), and the liberation of Kuwait (known to the Americans as "Operation Desert Storm").

The operation was named after John Manners, Marquess of Granby who had commanded British forces at the Battle of Minden (1759) during the Seven Years' War.

The British contribution to the Coalition effort was, by far, the largest of any European nation, and included British Army regiments, Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships and Royal Air Force (RAF) squadrons. In total, the British forces including about 2,500 armoured vehicles and 43,000 troops.

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