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The Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm 1990-1991 (Modern Warfare)

By Anthony Tucker-Jones

Pen and Sword Military
Released: 2021-01-15
Paperback (128 pages)

The Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm 1990-1991 (Modern Warfare)
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Each stage in the Gulf War, the liberation by American-led UN forces of Iraqi-occupied Kuwait in 1990-91, is vividly described in this photographic history. Over 180 photographs provide a remarkable visual account of Operation Desert Storm in the air, at sea and on land, and they show the vast array of military equipment deployed by both sides.

Anthony Tucker-Jones, who worked at the time as an analyst for British Defense Intelligence, describes the armed forces that were ranged against each other, in total over a million troops, over 7000 armored vehicles, 4600 artillery pieces, and thousands of aircraft.

In a concise text he relates the key events in the short, intense conflict that followed – the preliminary air campaign, the elimination of the Iraqi navy, the coalition’s ground offensive, the tank battles in which American Abrams and British Challengers engaged Soviet-designed T-72 and T-62s, the Iraqi retreat, the death and destruction at the Muttla Pass, and the liberation of Kuwait City.

The photographs, most of which have not been published before, give a powerful impression of the character of late-twentieth-century warfare. They also record a major conflict that has been overshadowed by the more recent war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Desert Storm. Volume 1: The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait & Operation Desert Shield 1990-1991 (Middle East@War)

By E.R. Hooton

Helion and Company
Released: 2019-08-18
Paperback (112 pages)

Desert Storm. Volume 1: The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait & Operation Desert Shield 1990-1991 (Middle East@War)
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Early in the morning of 2 August 1990, aircraft of the Iraqi Air Force bombed Kuwaiti air bases, and then the Iraqi Republican Guards stormed into the country. Thus began what would be called the ‘Gulf War’ – also the ‘II Gulf War’, and sometimes the ‘II Persian Gulf War’ – fought between January and March 1991.

Although encountering some problems, the Iraqi forces occupied Kuwait in a matter of few days. However, when President Saddam Hussein of Iraq unleashed his military upon Kuwait, little did he know what kind of reaction he would provoke from the Western superpowers, and what kind of devastation his country would suffer in return.

Concerned about the possibility of Iraq continuing its advance into Saudi Arabia, the USA – in coordination with Great Britain, France, and several local allies – reacted by deploying large contingents of their air, land, and naval forces to the Middle East.

Months of fruitless negotiations and the continuous military buildup – Operation Desert Shield – followed, as tensions continued to increase. Determined to retain Kuwait, and despite multiple warnings from his own generals, Saddam Hussein rejected all demands to withdraw. The USA and its allies, ‘the Coalition’, were as determined to drive out the invader and restore Kuwaiti independence. Gradually, they agreed this would have to be by force.

Following an authorization from the United Nations, the Coalition launched Operation Desert Storm, on 17 January 1991, opening one of the most intensive air campaigns in history. The last conventional war of the 20th Century saw the large, but essentially traditional, Iraqi Army overwhelmed by forces trained and equipped to exploit the latest technologies.

Desert Storm reveals the whole war fought between Iraq and an international coalition, from the start of this campaign to its very end. Largely based on data released from official archives, spiced with numerous interviews, and illustrated with over 100 photographs, 18 color profiles and maps, it offers a refreshing insight into this unique conflict.

M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural: Operation Desert Storm 1991 (Duel)

By Steven J. Zaloga

Osprey
Released: 2009-08-18
Paperback (80 pages)

M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural: Operation Desert Storm 1991 (Duel)
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The Gulf War bore witness to a number of deadly encounters between these two great adversaries. Heavily armored, highly mobile and capable of killing at over 2500m the M1 Abrams is, to this day, a veritable fighting machine. Superior to both Iraq's Soviet era T-55 and T-62 tanks, nearly all sources claim that no Abrams tank has ever been destroyed by enemy fire. Despite entering service in 1980, the M1 Abrams remained untested in combat until the Gulf War in 1991, where it was to be confronted by its archenemy the Iraqi-assembled Soviet-designed T-72. Entering production in 1971, the T-72 arguably outstripped its contemporaries in a balance of mobility, protection and firepower. By the time of Operation Desert Storm, however, the tables had turned and the tank suffered due to low quality ammunition and poorly trained crews. In this fascinating study, Steven Zaloga pits these two great fighting machines against one another, plotting the development of the Cold War until both tanks met in combat in the deserts of Iraq and Kuwait.

The Gulf War: Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1990-1991 (G.I. The Illustrated History of the American Solder, his Uniform and his Equipment)

By Anthony A Evans

Pen and Sword Military
Released: 2016-08-19
Paperback (72 pages)

The Gulf War: Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1990-1991 (G.I. The Illustrated History of the American Solder, his Uniform and his Equipment)
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This illustrated series presents the uniforms and equipment of the United States Army from the nineteenth century to the present day. Each volume combines detailed and informative captions with over 100 rare and unusual images. These books are a must for anyone interested in American military uniforms and the history of the United States Army.

Two decades ago, the United States armed forces launched its largest offensive operation since the D-Day landings in World War II. The nature of the war was vastly changed; here was a purely desert environment, with sweltering heat during the day and bitter cold at night, making new demands on the men and their equipment.

Indeed, the need for speed during the build-up in Saudi Arabia created shortages of many desert-specific items, resulting in the deployment of troops variously clad and equipped. Many weapons and items of equipment were seeing combat for the first time together with new and sophisticated electronics gear.

In this book, G.I.s from all the branches of the U.S. armed forces are illustrated together with the many specialist units that have grown in importance over the last few decades.

Bradley vs BMP: Desert Storm 1991 (Duel)

By Mike Guardia

imusti
Released: 2016-07-19
Paperback (80 pages)

Bradley vs BMP: Desert Storm 1991 (Duel)
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In the mid-1960s, the Soviet Union unveiled the BMP-1, the first true “infantry fighting vehicle.” A revolutionary design, the BMP marked a significant departure from the traditional “armored personnel carrier,” sporting a lower silhouette and a higher-caliber armament than rival APCs. One of the most fearsome light-armored vehicles of its day, it caused great consternation on the other side of the Iron Curtain as the Americans scrambled to design a machine to rival the BMP. The result was the M2 Bradley; however, the American type seemed to be at an immediate disadvantage, with a higher profile, lighter armaments, and a lack of speed compared to the BMP.

This book examines the first time these Cold War icons clashed--not on the plains of Europe, but in the deserts of southern Iraq during the first Gulf War. It examines how the Americans were able to combat the BMP in Iraq--despite their apparent disadvantages--investigating the impact of better-trained crews and stronger C&C structures on the eventual outcome. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork, this is the absorbing story of the origins, development, and combat performance of the BMP and Bradley, culminating in the bloody battles of the first Gulf War.

U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991 - With Marine Forces Afloat In Desert Shield and Desert Storm - Report on Somalia, General Schwarzkopf, General Boomer

By U.S. Government & U.S. Marine Corps (USMC)

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U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991 - With Marine Forces Afloat In Desert Shield and Desert Storm - Report on Somalia, General Schwarzkopf, General Boomer
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This monograph presents an account of operations by the embarked Marine units under the operational control of the Commander, Naval Forces, Central Command, in the Persian Gulf from August 1990 to May 1991. It tells the story of the 4th and 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigades (MEBs) and the 13th and 11th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs) which comprised the Marine Forces Afloat during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The term "Marine Forces Afloat" was chosen carefully because although each of these units served in the same theater of operations, they remained separate entities capable of rapidly integrating into a single force or breaking away to conduct independent operations as the situation required. The Marine Forces Afloat came into existence early in Operation Desert Shield when the seaborne 4th MEB joined the forward-deployed 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) in the North Arabian Sea in mid-September. These Marines were later joined by the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade during what would eventually become the longest continuous shipboard deployment by a brigade-sized force in Marine Corps history. For those Marines, the major events of Desert Shield were a series of large amphibious exercises, maritime interdiction operations, and a daring evacuation of the American Embassy at Mogadishu, Somalia. During Operation Desert Storm the U.S. amphibious threat created a strategic distraction that kept Saddam Hussein's attention focused away from the main attack; Marine Aircraft Group 40 flew the first-ever fixed-wing combat strike off an amphibious assault ship; the 13th MEU made two landings; the 4th MEB conducted amphibious demonstrations off the coast of Kuwait; and the 5th MEB participated in ground combat ashore. On its way home the 5th MEB joined Operation Sea Angel, the international humanitarian effort to assist Bangladesh in dealing with the devastation of Cyclone Marian. Invasion and Response * Central Command * Geography of the Persian Gulf * The KTO * The Iraqi Threat * America's Amphibious Forces * Raiders of the Lost ARG * Background * Special Operations * Organization of the 13th MEU(SOC) * Training and Deployment * Embarkation of the 4th MEB * Ordered to the Persian Gulf * Deployment Plans * Task Organization * Embarkation Issues * Aviation Issues * Supply Issues * 4th MEB Moves to the Persian Gulf * The 4th MEB Departs * Communications Enroute * Ship Configuration Issues * Intelligence Issues * Movement to the North Arabian Sea * The Situation in Saudi Arabia * Desert Shield Amphibious Forces * Initial Desert Shield Amphibious Plans * 4th MEB Contingency Plans * Blue-Green Operational Issues * 4th MEB Plans and Training * Operational Issues * Amphibious Plans * Training Issues * Exercise Sea Soldier I * Exercise Sea Soldier II * Combined Training * 4th MEB Logistics * Background * Force Sustainment * Maintenance and Repair * Reconfiguration of Shipping at Jubayl * Maritime Interdiction Operations * Multinational Interdiction Operations * 13th MEU(SOC) Interdictions * 4th MEB Interdictions * 4th MEB Amphibious Exercises * The 13th MEU(SOC) Departs * Imminent Thunder * Training at Al Hamra * Sea Soldier III * Assembling the 5th MEB * Background * Activation Issues * Manpower Issues * Force Structure * The 5th MEB Mounts Out * Operation Eastern Exit * Crisis in the Horn of Africa * Command and Control * The Evacuation Force * Predeployment Issues * Planning Operation Eastern Exit * The Situation in Mogadishu * Super Stallions to the Rescue * The Marines Arrive * Inside the Compound * The Final Exit * Finale * Consolidation of the Marine Forces Afloat * 5th MEB Embarks * Training in Transit * Link-up at Sea * Command Relationships * Exercise Sea Soldier IV * Desert Storm Amphibious Plans * The Situation * The First Offensive Plan * The Home Front * The Al Faw Options * Desert Storm Plans * Iraqi Coastal Defenses * Ras Al Qulayah Plan * MarCent Forward * Ash Shuaybah Plan

The First Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970-1991 (American Military Experience)

By Gregory Fontenot

University of Missouri
Hardcover (560 pages)

The First Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970-1991 (American Military Experience)
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This fast-paced and compelling read closes a significant gap in the historiography of the late Cold War U.S. Army and is crucial for understanding the current situation in the Middle East.

From the author's introduction:
“My purpose is a narrative history of the 1st Infantry Division from 1970 through the Operation Desert Storm celebration held 4th of July 1991. This story is an account of the revolutionary changes in the late Cold War. The Army that overran Saddam Hussein’s Legions in four days was the product of important changes stimulated both by social changes and institutional reform. The 1st Infantry Division reflected benefits of those changes, despite its low priority for troops and material. The Division was not an elite formation, but rather excelled in the context of the Army as an institution.”

This book begins with a preface by Gordon R. Sullivan, General, USA, Retired. In twelve chapters, author Gregory Fontenot explains the history of the 1st infantry Division from 1970 to 1991. In doing so, his fast-paced narrative includes elements to expand the knowledge of non-military readers. These elements include a glossary, a key to abbreviations, maps, nearly two dozen photographs, and thorough bibliography.

The First infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm is published with support from the First Division Museum at Cantigny.

AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Combat Aircraft)

By Lon Nordeen

AGD
Released: 2011-10-18
Paperback (96 pages)

AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Combat Aircraft)
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In the 1970s the USMC bought the AV-8A Harrier from the UK to test V/STOL concepts for close air support. A successful funding battle was subsequently fought in the 1980s to secure military, political and economic support to expand this concept to develop and field the second generation AV-8B Harrier II from the late 1980s onward. The AV-8B was, and still is, the only tactical aircraft that could deploy with Marine forces on amphibious assault ships and provide air cover and close air support separate from large deck aircraft carriers. When Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, a coalition of nations launched Operation Desert Shield in order to defend Saudi Arabia. The Harrier II was among the first tactical air assets to be deployed to the region to support ground forces in their efforts to halt the advance of Iraqi forces at the border with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. During Operation Desert Storm, the five units flying the AV-8B in-theatre became some of the top tactical squadrons of choice by air mission planners for allied battlefield preparation and close air support. This was due to the AV-8B's capabilities, proximity to the battle zone and the proven abilities of Marine pilots and forward air controllers, who were closely integrated with ground forces and knew their business so well. The untold story of the AV-8B in this conflict is vividly brought to life by the author through firsthand accounts and period photography sourced from those that were there, as well as official archives. This is planned to be the first of three volumes on USMC Harrier IIs in combat, with follow-on titles covering the jet's operations in Iraq in 2003-08 and Afghanistan in 2001-2009.

Desert Storm Air War: The Aerial Campaign against Saddam's Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War

By Jim Corrigan

Stackpole Books
Released: 2017-08-01
Hardcover (288 pages)

Desert Storm Air War: The Aerial Campaign against Saddam s Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War
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The air campaign that opened the Gulf War in January 1991 was one of the most stunning in history. For five weeks, American and other Coalition aircraft pounded enemy targets with 88,000 tons of bombs. Sorties—more than 100,000 of them—were launched from bases in Saudi Arabia, from aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, and even from bases in the United States. The skies over Iraq and Kuwait were filled with a dizzying array of new and improved weapons—Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles, stealth aircraft, and laser-guided smart bombs—and the results were impressive. The Coalition swiftly established air superiority and laid the foundation for the successful five-day ground campaign that followed. The results were also highly visible as the American people watched the bombings unfold in grainy green video-game-like footage broadcast on CNN and the nightly news. The overwhelming success of the Desert Storm air campaign has made it influential ever since, from the “shock and awe” bombing during the Iraq War in 2003 to more recent drone operations, but the apparent ease with which the campaign was won has masked the difficulty—and the true achievement—of executing such a vast and complex operation. Using government reports, scholarly studies, and original interviews, Jim Corrigan reconstructs events through the eyes of not only the strategists who planned it, but also the pilots who flew the missions.

People Weekly January 28 1991 Desert Storm on Cover, Delta Burke/Designing Women, Amelia Earhart Mystery Solved? Mariah Carey, Pamela Reed/Kindergarten Cop, Howard Fast

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People Weekly January 28 1991 Desert Storm on Cover, Delta Burke/Designing Women, Amelia Earhart Mystery Solved? Mariah Carey, Pamela Reed/Kindergarten Cop, Howard Fast
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