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

By Anthony Tucker-Jones

Pen and Sword Military
Released: 2014-08-02
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.

The USAF in the Persian Gulf War: Airpower Advantage - Planning the Gulf War Air Campaign 1989-1991, Desert Storm, Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, Saddam Hussein, Iraq Republican Guard, General Horner

By U.S. Government & U.S. Air Force (USAF)

Independently published
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The USAF in the Persian Gulf War: Airpower Advantage - Planning the Gulf War Air Campaign 1989-1991, Desert Storm, Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, Saddam Hussein, Iraq Republican Guard, General Horner
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American air power is a dominant force in today's world. Its ascendancy, evolving in the half century since the end of World War II, became evident during the first Gulf War. Although a great deal has been written about military operations in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, this deeply researched volume by Dr. Diane Putney probes the little-known story of how the Gulf War air campaign plan came to fruition. Based on archival documentation and interviews with USAF planners, this work takes the reader into the planning cells where the difficult work of building an air campaign plan was accomplished on an around-the-clock basis. The tension among air planners is palpable as Dr. Putney traces the incremental progress and friction along the way. The author places the complexities of the planning process within the context of coalition objectives. All the major players are here: President George H. W. Bush, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, General Colin Powell, General Chuck Horner, and Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney. The air planning process generated much debate and friction, but resulted in great success — a 43-day conflict with minimum casualties. Dr. Putney's rendering of this behind-the-scenes evolution of the planning process, in its complexity and even suspense, provides a fascinating window into how wars are planned and fought today and what might be the implications for the future. Chapter 1 - OPLAN 1002-90 * Chapter 2 - Instant Thunder * Chapter 3 - Desert Storm Phase I * Chapter 4 - Desert Shield Planning * Chapter 5 - JFACC and Instant Thunder * Chapter 6 - Special Planning Group * Chapter 7 - Phase I Triumphant * Chapter 8 - Phases II, III, and IV * Chapter 9 - Problems and Solutions Planning air campaigns is crucially important to airmen, notably to those planning the 1991 Desert Storm campaign. Their air plan emerged, expanded, and evolved as individuals from Florida and South Carolina military bases, from Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon, and the White House all contributed to the process. That the officers responsible for crafting the Gulf War air plan found the ordeal to be arduous, complicated, and contentious is undeniable, but we have now a documented, close look at the collaborative, intellectual effort that went into producing their war plan. Although planning is seemingly less exciting than combat, the Desert Storm undertaking included strong-willed officers, bold thinking, and the clash and melding of ideas. Planners knew that if their ideas were not sound and shrewd, they doomed the pilots and the war's outcome. Many key participants generously shared their experiences, and their vivid words enliven this account. When Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, the unified combatant command responsible for Southwest Asia, the U.S. Central Command, had no offensive plan ready to execute in response to Iraqi aggression. The U.S. Central Command Commander, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA, directed and participated in the offensive planning process that lasted throughout Desert Shield and continued even as the air war commenced on January 17, 1991. He described the enterprise: "It is a tortuous process coming up with the decisions that involve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. It's not simple. . . . You agonize over your decisions. You agonize over your plan." Because the Central Command commander would execute air operations in all phases of his offensive plan, the air campaign was the dominant feature in the Gulf War of 1991. As early as August 25, 1990, the basic framework of the war plan had emerged, with Phase I, Strategic Air Campaign; Phase II, Air Supremacy in Kuwait; Phase III, Attrition of Ground Combat Power (later, Preparation of the Battlefield); and Phase IV, Ground Attack.

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

By Jim Corrigan

Stackpole Books
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.

The Gulf War 1991 (Essential Histories)

By Alastair Finlan

Osprey Publishing
Released: 2003-05-20
Paperback (96 pages)

The Gulf War 1991 (Essential Histories)
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The Gulf War of 1991 heralded a new type of warfare that was characterised by astonishing speed and high technology with remarkably low numbers of casualties amongst the coalition forces. Just under a million coalition personnel were deployed to the Gulf region to face a variety of threats from extreme temperatures to weapons of mass destruction (biological, chemical and suspected nuclear) and a formidable Iraqi occupation force. This book assesses the defensive Operation Desert Shield (the build up of coalition forces) and the offensive Operation Desert Storm (the liberation of Kuwait) as well as the key personalities on both sides.

Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm: The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence

By Braxton R Eisel

PEN SWORD BOOKS
Released: 2017-08-22
Paperback (288 pages)

Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm: The Elimination of Iraq s Air Defence
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This book is based on a journal Jim Schreiner kept during his deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Building upon that record and the recollections of other F-4G Wild Weasel aircrew, the authors show a slice of what life and war were like during that time. The pawns in the game, the ones that had to actually do the fighting and dying, were the hundreds of thousands of men and women who left their homes and families to live for seemingly endless months in the vast, trackless desert while the world stage-play unfolded. To them, the war was deeply personal. At times, the war was scary; at other times, it was funny as hell. Usually, if you survive the former, it turns into the latter.

Bradley vs BMP: Desert Storm 1991 (Duel)

By Mike Guardia

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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.

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: 2019-07-03
Paperback (72 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.

U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991 - THE 3D MARINE AIRCRAFT WING IN DESERT SHIELD AND DESERT STORM

By USMC, Lieutenant Colonel LeRoy D. Stearns

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (238 pages)

U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991 - THE 3D MARINE AIRCRAFT WING IN DESERT SHIELD AND DESERT STORM
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This monograph is an account of the activities of the Marines and units of the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing in support of the I Marine Expeditionary Force's efforts to liberate Kuwait. This document is part of a preliminary series of official Marine Corps histories that cover Marine Corps operations in the Gulf War. On 2 September 1990, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing took command of Marine aviation forces ashore from a Marine composite aircraft group, which had hurriedly been moved to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Shield. The wing would grow to be the largest deployed in Marine Corps history. It would fly more than 10 different types of aircraft from eight airfield sites that required laying more than 4.5 million square feet of ramps, landing, and taxiing areas. In addition, the wing and its support groups would construct six 3,000-man base camps and establish a Marine Air Command and Control System that would operate across four countries in a joint and combined arena. When Operation Desert Storm began, the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing was ready and provided more than 18,000 fixed-wing and helicopter sorties in support of I Marine Expeditionary Force's mission of ejecting Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

With the 1st Marine Division in Desert Shield and Desert Storm - U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991 - Khafji, Weapons Systems, Combat Engineer Breaching Equipment, Training with Saudi Army

By U.S. Government & Department of Defense (DoD)

Independently published
Paperback (170 pages)

With the 1st Marine Division in Desert Shield and Desert Storm - U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991 - Khafji, Weapons Systems, Combat Engineer Breaching Equipment, Training with Saudi Army
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This unique monograph is an accounting of the role of the 1st Marine Division in the Persian Gulf War from August 1990 to April 1991. It is one of a series also covering the operations of I Marine Expeditionary Force, the 2d Marine Division, the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Marines afloat in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and humanitarian relief operations in northern Iraq and Turkey. When the History and Museums Division began the historical collection effort concerning Marine activities in the Persian Gulf region, it called upon the members of Mobilization Training Unit (History) DC-7, of which the author, Lieutenant Colonel Charles H. Cureton, has been a member since 1983. This small organization of Individual Ready Reserve officers is the Marine Corps Reserve unit that provides historians, combat artists, archivists, and museum specialists in support of History and Museums Division programs. Most of its members have standard military occupational specialties and have subsequently gained in their civilian pursuits the additional qualifications necessary to serve in the unit. About half of its members served in Vietnam. During the Persian gulf conflict, seven MTU DC-7 officers were on active duty and five served in the Gulf. The first Marine Reserve historians to arrive in theater were Colonel Charles J. Quilter, Commanding Officer of MTU DC-7, and Lieutenant Colonel Cureton, who landed in Saudi Arabia on 9 November 1990. Colonel Quilter was designated Command Historian of I Marine Expeditionary Force and Lieutenant Colonel Cureton became Deputy Command Historian. Over the next five months Lieutenant Colonel Cureton organized the document collection effort of I MEF headquarters, wrote the historical annex to the I MEF offensive operations plan, co-wrote I MEF Command Chronologies, and crisscrossed the entire Marine area of operations. As a result of his background as a tracked vehicle officer, Lieutenant Colonel Cureton transferred to the 1st Marine Division in mid-January to cover Marine land force operations. He participated in the first ground operation of the war (the artillery raid on the night of 20-21 January 1991), headed the division's combat camera element, and joined Task Force Papa Bear (1st Marines) for the drive to liberate Kuwait. Deployment of the 1st Marine Division to Southwest Asia * Organizing and Deploying the Division * The 'Cement Factory' Defense Line * Training with the Saudi Army * The Mobile Defense; October through November Training Exercises * The Movement North * The War Begins: * The Fight for Observation Point 4, 29-30 January 1991 * The Engagement at Khafji, 30 January-1 February 1991 * Final Preparations * G Minus 3, 21 February 199 * G Minus 2, 22 February 1991 * G Minus 1, 23 February 1991 * G-Day * G Plus 1, 25 February 1991: 'Possible enemy attack' * G Plus 2, 26 February 1991 * G Plus 3, 27 February 1991 * G Plus 4, 28 February 1991 * Notes * Appendix A - 1st Marine Division Commanders and Staff * Appendix B - Major Weapons Systems * Appendix C - Combat Engineer Breaching Equipment * Appendix D - Uniforms in the 1st Marine Division

XVIII Airborne Corps in Desert Storm: From Planning to Victory

By Charles Lane Toomey

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XVIII Airborne Corps in Desert Storm: From Planning to Victory
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Operation Desert Storm culminated in a 100-hour ground battle and the ejection of the Iraqi army from Kuwait in February 1991. But the beginning of that victory began in August 1990 when America’s premier contingency force, the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps, was ordered to Saudi Arabia. This is the story of the XVIII Airborne Corps' epic role in the first Gulf War, from the vulnerable early days of the Desert Shield defense of Saudi Arabia through its Desert Storm attack into Iraq and the Coalition’s "end-sweep" to block Iraqi reinforcement and escape from the Kuwait Theater of Operations. Written by a former officer who was intimately involved with XVIII Airborne Corps planning and execution, this is a history filled with heretofore unrevealed detail and lessons for soldiers, historians and generations to come. From Planning to Victory is destined to become a Gulf War classic.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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