Warfare in News

Posted on Friday 22nd January

On August 2, 1990, Suddam Hussein's Iraqi army took occupation over Kuwait and the Gulf War began. Five months later, after Hussein missed the deadline to leave on January 1, 1991, U.S forces began their military offensive against the Iraqi army.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the quickest and most effective military operation in modern history: the Desert Storm. By February 28, 1991 most of the fighting was over and Iraq's occupation in Kuwait had come to an end. The liberation efforts of the U.S army were the largest that they had seen since World War I and the biggest U.S military operation since the Vietnam War in 1959.

Records show that approximately 60,830 U.S airmen participated in the fight, flying 1,200 aircraft that were responsible to strokes against Iraqi military infrastructure and defences. No U.S aircraft were destroyed during air-to-air combat, however, 39 Iraqi aircraft came to their end this way, but the U.S did lose 28 fixed-wing aircraft and 23 helicopters.

Further Reading

Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm

Only £30.00

Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm

(Hardback - 272 pages)
by 'Brick' Eisel USAF

This book is based upon 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 was like during that time.

The pawns in the game, the ones that had to actually do the fighting and dieing were the… Read more...

Of further interest...

Barnsley News from Barnsley Chronicle