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

By Anthony Tucker-Jones

Pen and Sword
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.

Bradley vs BMP: Desert Storm 1991 (Duel)

By Mike Guardia

Osprey Publishing
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 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.

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.

Liberating Kuwait - U.S. Marines in the Gulf War, 1990-1991, Iraq's Saddam Hussein and the Invasion of Kuwait, Defending Saudi Arabia, Air War, Scuds, al-Khafji, Harriers Afloat, Fratricide Issues

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

Independently published
Paperback (375 pages)

Liberating Kuwait - U.S. Marines in the Gulf War, 1990-1991, Iraq s Saddam Hussein and the Invasion of Kuwait, Defending Saudi Arabia, Air War, Scuds, al-Khafji, Harriers Afloat, Fratricide Issues
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This is the official USMC history of the First Gulf War, Liberating Kuwait. Every aspect of the historic conflict is covered, including the prelude to the invasion by Iraq and Saddam Hussein, defending Saudi Arabia, the Air War, and the ultimate victory. For the U.S. Marine Corps, the Gulf War was a test of its ability to perform quickly, under pressure, as advertised. A Marine expeditionary force was deployed rapidly and then reinforced, while two Marine expeditionary brigades were also deployed as the Marine Corps continued to support its peacetime commitments. Despite long months of tedium in the desert as the crisis played out, the Marines performed their duties with skill and elan, achieving a remarkable victory against the Iraqi Army in Kuwait and proving the Corps' strategic concepts, most especially the value of the Maritime Prepositioning Force. The impact of the war on American defense policy and the confidence the Gulf War's success gave to the Marine Corps continue to impact today's national security debates. Liberating Kuwait contents: Chapter 1 - Background to a Flashpoint * A Brief History of Iraq * A Brief History of Kuwait * A Brief History of U.S. Persian Gulf Policy * The Iran-Iraq War * The Tanker War * Chapter 2 - Kuwait Invaded * The Decision to Invade Kuwait * The Plan to Invade Kuwait * The Invasion of Kuwait * Marines in the Iraqi and Kuwaiti Embassies * The World's Response * The American Military Response * Chapter 3 - Desert Shield * Marines and Maritime Prepositioning * 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade * Marines Afloat * A Line in the Sand: Planning to Defend Saudi Arabia * Meeting of Cultures: Marines and Saudis * Chapter 4 - Preparing for War * Imminent Thunder and Amphibious Operations * Happy Holidays from Saudi Arabia * Building an Offensive Capability * Iraq's Defenses * Planning a Storm * Trading Desert Rats for Tigers * Chapter 5 - The Air War * Marine Air in the Assault * 17 January: The First Night * 18 January: The Scuds * 19 to 27 January * Marines and the Air Tasking Order * 28 to 31 January * Chapter 6 - Preludes to al-Khafji * Building Kibrit * Sea Soldier IV * Artillery Raids and Reconnaissance Patrols * Iraq's al-Khafji Plan * Saudi-Marine Relations * Ra's al-Khafji * Coalition Dispositions * 27 to 28 January * Warnings * 29 January * Outposts * Operation Desert Sting * Chapter 7 - The Battle of al-Khafji * Night, 29-30 January. * 30 January. * 31 January * Considerations * Chapter 8 - The Final Preparations * Two Breaches and Shattered Amphibious Dreams * The "Miracle Well" of Khanjar * Artillery Raids, Skirmishes, and Patrols * Marine Air Prepares the Battlefield * Harriers Afloat * Fratricide Issues * Feints and Deceptions * The Battles of 19-23 February * Chapter 9 - Breaking the Saddam Line * 24 February * 25 February * Chapter 10 - Liberating Kuwait * 26 February * 27 February * Chapter 11 - Standing Down after Victory * Cease-Fire * Al-Wafrah Forest and Faylakah Island * Leaving the Desert * A Triumphant Return * Postwar Iraq: Operations Provide Comfort, Northern Watch, and Southern Watch * Reflections Background to a Flashpoint - On 2 August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, sparking the largest armed confrontation in decades as the United States and a Coalition of Western democracies and Arab states demanded that Iraq remove its forces from Kuwait and return to the preinvasion status quo. It was the largest armed conflict to involve the United States since the Vietnam War, and the U.S. Marine Corps was intimately involved with the conflict even before it began.

Desert Storm: A Forgotten War

By Alberto Bin & Archer Jones

Alberto Bin
Paperback (304 pages)

Desert Storm: A Forgotten War
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This account of the Gulf War reveals its importance from a military and political point of view, highlighting how modern military technology made possible, with relative ease, a victory that would have been nearly impossible by traditional means. It has become fashionable to trivialize the impressive military achievements of the Coatition victory over Iraq, but Bin, Hill, and Jones demonstrate that the Gulf War represents a defining moment in military and political history. The text includes numerous firsthand eyewitness accounts.

Readers will discover why a multinational coalition deployed 800,000 soldiers to the Middle East to challenge to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. They will find out the truth behind political maneuvering by nations involved in the conflict, as well as those on the sidelines, and they will learn the details of the various weapons systems employed. The authors analyze the aftermath of the war and draw important lessons from it. This book provides an authoritative and provocative review of what will surely be remembered as one of the key events of the last half century.

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.

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

Ingramcontent
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.

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.

Behind the Desert Storm: A Secret Archive Stolen From the Kremlin that Sheds New Light on the Arab Revolutions in the Middle East

By Pavel Stroilov

Brand: Price World Publishing
Released: 2011-07-01
Paperback (352 pages)

Behind the Desert Storm: A Secret Archive Stolen From the Kremlin that Sheds New Light on the Arab Revolutions in the Middle East
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Using top secret documents stolen from Russian archives, historian Pavel Stroilov, a Russian dissident living in London in political exile, has written a masterpiece on the behind-the-scenes politicking of the first Gulf War that exposes direct lies in the memoirs of President Bush Senior, Brent Scowcroft and James Baker, and explains the truth behind the current revolutions throughout the Middle East.

In addition to revealing a great number of never-before-seen top secret documents, Behind the Desert Storm delves into closed-doors discussions between world leaders - something that normally remains secret for a very long time. It tells the hidden history of the events which have largely determined the current state of the Middle East - from the conflict in Iraq to the Israeli-Palestinian 'peace process' to the development of the 'Eurabia' alliance between the EU and the Arab states. Looking forward, Stroilov draws out relevant lessons from history for future foreign policy.


   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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