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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.

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: The War in the Persian Gulf

Little Brown & Co
Hardcover (304 pages)

Desert Storm: The War in the Persian Gulf
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Covers all aspects of the Persian Gulf War, and analyzes why it happened

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.

Strike Eagle: Flying the F-15E in the Gulf War (The Warriors)

By William L. Smallwood

William L Smallwood
Mass Market Paperback (230 pages)

Strike Eagle: Flying the F-15E in the Gulf War (The Warriors)
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Written by a pilot for the non-aviator, Strike Eagle puts the reader inside the cockpit of one of the world’s most advanced fighters―the F-15E. It is a human-scale account of men at war.

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

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

By Col. Harry Summers Jr.

Brand: Howell Press Inc.
Hardcover (176 pages)

Desert Storm
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Recounts the events leading up the Persian Gulf War, discusses the formation of the coalition forces, intelligence gathering, and the use of new weapons systems, and shares the experiences of individual soldiers

In the Eye of Desert Storm: Photographers of the Gulf War

By Syma Photographers

Brand: Harry N Abrams
Hardcover (21 pages)

In the Eye of Desert Storm: Photographers of the Gulf War
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Uses photographs to document Operation Desert Storm

Storm on the Horizon: Khafji--The Battle That Changed the Course of the Gulf War

By David Morris

Presidio Press
Released: 2005-08-30
Mass Market Paperback (400 pages)

Storm on the Horizon: Khafji--The Battle That Changed the Course of the Gulf War
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On January 29, 1991, Saddam Hussein hurled three crack armored divisions into Saudi Arabia, determined to stop the American attempt to liberate Kuwait before it began. Caught without warning in the path of the Iraqi juggernaut were small groups of U.S. Marines and Special Forces soldiers, their weapons no match for the Iraqi tanks bearing down on them.

Based on scores of firsthand reports and newly declassified documents, Storm on the Horizon is a riveting account of how these elite fighting men not only escaped the Iraqi onslaught but fought their way to victory with true American grit. From the ferocious desert attacks to the desperate street fighting in Khafji, Marine David Morris captures the ordeal through the eyes of men who fought it, giving readers a front-row seat to the bloodiest battle of the Gulf War.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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