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The Road To Safwan

Author : Stephen Alan Bourque
ISBN : 9781574412321
Genre : History
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The Road to Safwan is a complete history of the 1st Infantry Divisions cavalry unit fighting in Operation Desert Storm. Stephen A. Bourque and John W. Burdan III served in the 1st Infantry Bourque in Division Headquarters, Burdan as the Operations Officer of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry. Based on extensive interviews and primary sources, Bourque and Burdan provide the most in-depth coverage to date of a battalion-level unit in the 1991 war, showing how the unit deployed, went into combat, and adapted to changing circumstances. The authors describe how the officers and men moved from the routine of cold war training to leading the Big Red One in battle through the Iraqi defenses and against the Iraqi Republican Guard. The 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry participated in the 1st Brigade attack on G-Day, the large tank battle for Objective Norfolk, the cutting of Basra Road, and the capture of Safwan Airfield, the site where General H. Norman Schwartzkopf conducted cease-fire negotiations with the Iraqis. The squadrons activities are placed squarely within the context of both division and corps activities, which illustrates the fog of war, the chain of command, and the uncertainty of information affecting command decisions. The Road to Safwan challenges the myth that technology won the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Contrary to popular view, it was a soldier’s war not much different from previous conflicts in its general nature. What was different was the quality and intensity of the unit’s training, which resulted, repeatedly, in successful engagements and objectives secured. It is the story of the people, not the machines, which ultimately led this squadron to the small town of Safwan.
Category: History

Military Review

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ISBN : OSU:32435081487977
Genre : Military art and science
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Category: Military art and science

Scouts Out

Author : John J. McGrath
ISBN : 0980123615
Genre : History
File Size : 48.79 MB
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From the Foreword: Scouts Out is a wide-ranging historical survey of theory, doctrine, organization, and employment of reconnaissance units since the era of mechanization in the early 20th century. Reconnaissance and counter reconnaissance are battlefield missions as old as military history itself and missions for which many armies have created specialized units to perform. In most cases, these units were trained, equipped, and used differently from the majority of an army's fighting units. Horse cavalry performed these missions for centuries, for it had speed and mobility far in excess of main battle units. Once the horse was replaced by mechanization, however, the mobility advantage once enjoyed by the horse cavalry disappeared. Since the early 20th century, the search for the proper mix of equipment, the proper organization, and the proper employment of reconnaissance units has bedeviled armies around the world. This survey uses a divers variety of historical cases to illustrate the enduring issues that surround the equipping, organizing, and employment of reconnaissance units.
Category: History

The Persian Gulf Crisis

Author : Steven A. Yetiv
ISBN : 0313299439
Genre : History
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An examination of the Gulf War conflict looks as the history of strike in the Middle East, the key individuals involved, and the consequences of this event
Category: History

Persian Gulf 2013

Author : P. R. Kumaraswamy
ISBN : 9788132118237
Genre : Political Science
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Persian Gulf 2013 looks at the growing relationship between India and the countries of the Persian Gulf region, which has assumed greater importance in the recent years and hence demands greater attention. The book covers India’s bilateral relations in 2012 with nine Persian Gulf countries, namely, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen as well as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Gulf region accounts for about two-thirds of India’s oil imports and is home to about six million-strong Indian expatriate workforce. It is also India’s important sub-regional trading partner. Despite its importance, there is a lack of adequate understanding of the various facets of the relations between India and the Gulf region. This book serves precisely this function—to fill in the policy lacuna and attitude of New Delhi towards this region.
Category: Political Science


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ISBN : OSU:32435077129898
Genre : Mechanization, Military
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Category: Mechanization, Military

Third Graders At War

Author : Felix G.
ISBN : 9781457501524
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Third Graders At War is a private's view of Operation Desert Storm, as seen through the eyes of one young Cavalry Scout, fresh out of basic training. This is not your typical, sugar coated version of the first Persian Gulf war, written by an officer, or a national news anchor from his desk. Instead, you will find out what really happened. Told in the gritty, uncut fashion one would expect from a close friend or family member, (or some old drunk at a truck stop). The author makes no apologies for what was done, he simply tells it like it was. People don't realize why the ground war only lasted four days....we didn't take a lot of prisoners the first three, that's why. Things were different back then. The Iraqis had the fourth largest army in the world. They were fresh off an eight year war with their neighbor Iran, and much of their force were combat hardened veterans. Poison gas was their weapon of choice, and they had no problem using it on the Iranians, or their own people. We expected the same for our troops. Be there on the first day of the ground war, when we sent our troops to attack with no bullets. There are no Hollywood style heroics here, no glorious acts of bravado. Vehicles exploded and men died, but there was nothing to brag about in that. Instead, the reader will get a sense of what it was like to ride in the first wave of the ground assault, as one of the lead scouts for the First Infantry Division, the infamous Big Red One. During the whole course of the operation the author is constantly concerned with what's right and wrong, as he watches helplessly, but does his part anyway. With them were no reporters, no CNN camera crews, no cells phones or laptops, no witnesses at all to the horror and devastation that would rain down upon the unsuspecting Iraqis, and their "feared" Republican guard. There were no base camps in those days, no phone calls home. The scouts lived on their Bradley Fighting Vehicles like gypsies. A canteen over your head was the only shower for months. It was a rough life, but it had its benefits. No inquiries over war crimes. No court martial for soldiers shooting people in the back. Unfortunately, there was also no counseling for those returning home... This book is at times as humorous as it is harsh, but it's not meant to be a comedy, just a true to life account of what happens when you send a bunch of young soldiers to fight a major ground war with very little adult supervision.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Lucky War

Author : Richard Moody Swain
ISBN : UOM:39015040685441
Genre : Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991
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Category: Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991


Author : Rick Atkinson
ISBN : 0395710839
Genre : History
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Integrating interviews with individuals ranging from senior policymakers to frontline soldiers, a look at the Persian Gulf War shows how the conflict transformed modern warfare
Category: History