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

By Braxton R Eisel

Pen and Sword
Released: 2017-09-02
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.

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.

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

Desert Storm

By Col. Harry Summers Jr.

Brand: Howell Press Inc.
Hardcover (176 pages)

Desert Storm
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Editors and writers of Military History magazine write the definitive history and analysis of the 1991 war with Iraq including a behind-the-scenes look at the military buildup in the Persian Gulf, the weapons involved, and the development of land, air, and sea forces by the U.S. and its allies. 170 color and b&w photos.

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.

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.

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.

With It or in It: Desert Shield and Desert Storm from the Loader's Hatch

By Bacil Donovan Warren

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (92 pages)

With It or in It: Desert Shield and Desert Storm from the Loader s Hatch
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In the summer of 1990, the US Army's 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment was at Fort Bliss, Texas, preparing for another rotation to the National Training Center. Their training took a sharp curve when Iraq invaded Kuwait, and the Regiment deployed to Saudi Arabia as a part of Operation Desert Shield. With It or in It is the story of that deployment told by an M1A1 tank Loader with Cyclone Troop, 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. Author Bacil Donovan Warren describes the shock, the highs, the lows, and the terror of deployment with candor and even maintains a sense of humor and hope. Follow along with the Regiment and the author as they deploy thousands of miles away from home and endure nearly six months in the Arabian desert, culminating in the white-knuckle terror of tank combat against Iraq's feared Republican Guard.

Falcon's Cry: A Desert Storm Memoir

By Michael Donnelly

Praeger
Hardcover (272 pages)

Falcon s Cry: A Desert Storm Memoir
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When Major Michael Donnelly was instructing his U.S. Air Force student pilots, he used to tell them three things: Timing is everything; it's nice to be lucky; and there is no justice. Highly decorated fighter pilot, proud young patriot, loyal friend with a mischievous sense of humor, loving husband and father of two, he could not have imagined the tragic meaning those words would assume just a few years after his tour of duty in Desert Storm. In 1996 Major Donnelly was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, at the unusually young age of 35; the onset of this illness marked the beginning of a kind of torture beyond the scope of even the most rigorous military survival training. Betrayed by his body, eventually paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, he experienced another betrayal perhaps even more difficult to comprehend―betrayal by his country. For despite the fact that over 110,000 Desert Storm veterans are sick, many dying of mysterious cancers and neurological diseases, including more than ten times the normal incidence of ALS―and despite all evidence pointing to U.S. troops having been dosed by low levels of Iraqi nerve agents and exposed to chemical weapons' fallout―the Pentagon adamantly denies any connection between their illnesses and their service in the Gulf War. Falcon's Cry: A Desert Storm Memoir, Michael Donnelly's unforgettable story, is his courageous attempt to unearth the truth and force an acknowledgment of that truth by the government he and his fellow veterans defended with their lives.

Flying 44 fighter jet combat missions in a war fought on an all-or-nothing scale was thrilling for Michael Donnelly. When the war was won, he and his country rejoiced in the knowledge that, unlike in Vietnam, America had gotten it right in the Persian Gulf. Less than a decade later, the world is learning what veterans and their families have known since Desert Storm―we did not get it right at all. Saddam Hussein is still terrorizing a large portion of the globe. Moreover, we did not learn the lesson of Agent Orange which the Department of Defense denied for decades was the cause of early deaths and birth defects among Vietnam veterans and their families. Yet, thanks largely to the testimony of the author before the House of Representatives in 1997, a first step has been taken toward justice for the tens of thousands of Desert Storm veterans who are suffering virtually in isolation, many without any medical or disability benefits. Major Donnelly believes the truth about Gulf War Illnesses will be uncovered by studies funded in the recently passed Omnibus Appropriations bill, as well as through stories like his own, and he fervently hopes that America can, at last, get it right.

Combat Service Support in Desert Shield and Desert Storm: U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991 - General Logistics Support, Seabees, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Shame, Cleanup

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

Progressive Management
Released: 2016-01-14
Kindle Edition (710 pages)

Combat Service Support in Desert Shield and Desert Storm: U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991 - General Logistics Support, Seabees, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Shame, Cleanup
 
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Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this unique monograph tells the story of the Marines and sailors of the 1st Force Service Support Group, the 2d Force Service Support Group, Marine Wing Support Group 37, and the 3d Naval Construction Regiment whose combined efforts gave the I Marine Expeditionary Force the ability to eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. This document is part of a preliminary series of official Marine Corps histories that cover Marine Corps operations in the Gulf War.

During the Persian Gulf crisis, the History and Museums Division sent a team to Saudi Arabia to produce first-hand accounts of unit operations. In November 1990, five Reserve officers from the Mobilization Training Unit (MTU) (History)-DC-7 arrived in Saudi Arabia, deployed to different commands, accompanied their units throughout the battle, and produced powerful narratives on the operations of I Marine Expeditionary Force, the 1st Marine Division, the 2d Marine Division, and Marine Forces Afloat. Unforeseen circumstances prevented a logistics history from being included in the series, so the Secretary of the Navy recalled Major Steven M. Zimmeck, USMC (Ret), to active duty to complete this account of Marine Corps combat service support in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

The First Shot in the War of Logistics * 2 August-2 September 1990 * Gathering the Pieces * BSSG-1 * Drawing the Mameluke * Tools of the Trade * Creating the General Logistics Support System * Extending Direct Support to Regimental Combat Team 7 * Extending Direct Support to Marine Aircraft Group 70 * A Logistics Snapshot One Month After the Iraqi Invasion * Defending Jubayl * 3 September-31 October 1990 * The Situation * 1st FSSG Reorganizes * Supporting the 3d MAW * The Seabees Arrive * Jubayl Naval Air Facility * King Abdul Aziz Naval Air Station * Ras Al Ghar * Shaikh Isa * Supporting the 1st Marine Division * September: Supply Point Distribution * October: Mobile Resupply * General Support of the MEF * Motor Transport * Landing Support * Medical and Dental * Supply * Maintenance * Engineer Operations * Headquarters and Support Group * Marine Forces Afloat * Three Months after the Invasion * Switching to the Offense * November and December 1990 * The Situation * How to Merge the 1st and 2d FSSGs? * The 1st FSSG Restructures and Refocuses * The Establishment of GSG-2 * DSG-1, November-December 1990 * The Seabees Prepare for Reinforcements and the Offensive * Reinforcements * Establishing the Direct Support Command * The Year Ends * Desert Shield Ends and Desert Storm Begins * 1-31 January 1991 * The Situation * Leaning North: 1-16 January 1991 * Marine Wing Support Group 37 * Setting Up Kibrit * DSG-1 Reorganizes and Deploys to the Field * Ingenuity * DSG-2 Deploys to the Field * Desert Storm Begins: 17-29 January 1991 * Marine Wing Support Group 37 * 1st Force Service Support Group * The Direct Support Command * Iraq Attacks Near Qaraah and Khafji 29-31 January 1991 * Conclusion * Flexibility and Forward to Attack Positions * 1-23 February 1991 * Moving to the Attack * I MEF Changes Its Plan * The Decision * Khanjar * Lonesome Dove * The Seabees * The Buildup * The 2d Marine Division and DSG-2 Move West * Pushing Forward to the Ground War: Final Plans, Preparations, Problems, and Positions * The Direct Support Command * Direct Support Group 2 * Direct Support Group 1 * Combat Service Support Detachment 91 * MWSG-37 and The Seabees Final Preparations * Conclusion * The Ground War * 24-28 February 1991 * G-Day: 24 February 1991 * The 2d Marine Division Zone of Action * The 1st Marine Division Zone of Action * G+1: 25 February 1991 * The 2d Marine Division Zone of Action * The 1st Marine Division Zone of Action * G+2: 26 February 1991 * The 2d Marine Division Zone of Action * The 1st Marine Division Zone of Action * The Direct Support Command * The Deluge of Enemy Prisoners of War

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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