By Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe

In August 1990 Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces invaded and occupied the small Arab kingdom of Kuwait. This publication analyses the resultant Gulf struggle (16 January - 28 February 1991) - a battle fought to expel Iraq and repair Kuwaiti independence if no longer, as one British MP tartly saw, to protect democracy. The allies lower than basic Schwarzkopf introduced 5 weeks of air assaults, deploying 1,800 technologically hugely complicated plane from the united states, British, French and Saudi air forces. lots of those machines, together with the British Tornadoes and US F-117A Stealth combatants, had by no means ahead of engaged in strive against, and their mixed attack, watched by means of hundreds of thousands on television, mixed striking accuracy with firepower to which the Iraqi forces had no solution.

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These weapons proved extremely effective throughout Desert Storm, with ‘Tigers’’ pilot Capt Mike Beguelin using them to deadly effect on the morning of 17 February. ‘A FAC found six tanks hidden in old bomb craters. We came in low under the clouds from the east, and the FAC put a marking rocket on the target. “Rebel” (Maj Jim Lee) and I rolled in and we dropped 12 Rockeye II cluster bombs on the tanks. com VMA-542 A photograph taken through the AV-8B’s Smiths Industries HUD on approach to King Abdul Aziz.

We would approach the trench lines in a ten-degree dive and hit them with Mk 82 Snakeyes and napalm. ‘I could see Iraqi troops firing at us as we flew these battlefield prep missions. We were really low, and they were firing at us with assault rifles and numerous other weapons. com VMA-311 AND MAG-13 (FORWARD) Lt Col Dick White poses in front of his AV-8B, which has been loaded with Mk 77 napalm canisters. During the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqis found that trenches filled with an oil-gas mixture served as a good deterrent to massed-wave attacks by Iranian infantry when ignited.

These weapons proved extremely effective throughout Desert Storm, with ‘Tigers’’ pilot Capt Mike Beguelin using them to deadly effect on the morning of 17 February. ‘A FAC found six tanks hidden in old bomb craters. We came in low under the clouds from the east, and the FAC put a marking rocket on the target. “Rebel” (Maj Jim Lee) and I rolled in and we dropped 12 Rockeye II cluster bombs on the tanks. com VMA-542 A photograph taken through the AV-8B’s Smiths Industries HUD on approach to King Abdul Aziz.

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