Operation Desert Storm

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Operation Desert Storm, popularly known as the first Gulf War, was the successful U.S.-Allied response to Iraq's attempt to overwhelm neighboring Kuwait. The United States and its allies set a deadline, January 15, 1991 for all Iraq forces to be out of Kuwait, but Saddam ignored the deadline. That triggered Desert Shield, or the build-up of troops in the region and eventually led to Desert Storm, a all-out attack to free Kuwait. Kuwait's liberation in 1991 brought to the battlefield a new era of military technology. It can be clearly said that due to the extreme power and sophistication of the U.S. and her allies that Saddam and his tiny nation of 17 million people stood no chance against the military might that is the United States and its Allies.



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Nations Participated in Operation Desert Storm.

AFGHANISTAN - 300 troops

AUSTRALIA - navy air support, one unit

BAHRAIN - 400 personnel, 36 aircraft

BANGLADESH - 6,000 troops

BELGIUM - 1 frigate, 2 minesweepers, 2 landing
ships,
6 C-130 planes

BRITAIN - 43,000 troops, 6 destroyers, 4 frigates, 3 minesweepers, 168 tanks, 300 armored vehicles, 70 jets

CANADA - 2 destroyers, 12 C-130 planes, 24 CF-18 bombers, 4500 troops, Field Hospital (1 Canadian Field Hospital)

CZECHOSLVAKIA - 200 chemical warfare specialists

EGYPT - 40,000 troops (5,000 special forces paratroopers)

FRANCE - 18,000 troops, 60 combat aircraft, 120 helicopters, 40 tanks, 1 missle cruiser, 3 destroyers, 4 frigates

GERMANY - Jagdbombergeschwader 43 consisting of 18 Alpha-Jets and 212 soldiers stationed in Erhac/Turkey during the gulf war.

5 Minesweeper, 2 Supply Vessels, 500 sailors altogether.

HONDURAS - 150 troops

HUNGARY - 1 medical unit

ITALY - 3 frigates, 4 minesweepers, 10 Tornado Aircraft

KUWAIT - 11,000 troops, 2 missle boats, 1 barge, A-4 Skyhawks (exact # unknown)

Leaders:
Emir of Kuwait

NEW ZEALAND - 50 medical soldiers and 2 C-130's

NIGER - 500 troops

OMAN - 25,500 troops, 63 airplanes, 4 Exocet-armed ships

POLAND - 1 Hospital Ship

QATAR - 1 squadron of Mirage F-1E fighters

ROMANIA - 180 chemical warfare experts

SAUDI ARABIA - 118,000 troops, 550 tanks, 180 airplanes

Leaders:
King Fahad Leader of Saudi Arabia

SOUTH KOREA - 5 C-130 transport planes, 1 medical unit

SYRIA - 17,000 troops, 300 T-62 tanks

UNITED ARAB EMRIATES - 40,000 troops, 80 planes,
200
tanks

UNITED STATES - 540,000 troops, 6 aircraft carriers, submarines, 4,000 tanks, 1,700 helicopters, 1,800 airplanes

Leaders:
George Bush President of the United States
Dan Quayle Vice President of the United States
Colin Powell Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Norman Schwarzkopf CENTCOMM Commander
Jim Baker Secretary of State
John Sununu President's Chief of Staff
Dick Cheney Secretary of Defense
Brent Scowcroft President's National Security Advisor
Bob Dole Republican Leader of the Senate
George Mitchell Democratic Leader of the Senate
Sam Nunn Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman
Les Aspin House Armed Services Committee Chairman


Combat Losses

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Saudi F-15 Pilot shot down 2 iraqi mirage during 1991 Gulf War.


the Saudi F-15 Pilot showed an amazing skill and outstanding courage, taking on 2 iraqi enemy Mirage just by him self shooting them down in less than 60 seconds, it is regarded as one of the most important dogfights and air battles in the modern times of aviation.
 

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Iraq Air defense fires



F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft stationed in Tabuk Air base, Saudi Arabia


Coalition forces digging Tank trenches.

 

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Two US f-15s in a formation led by Saudi Air force f-5.







Kuwaiti Mirage and Skyhawk. As you can see ''free Kuwait printed on''