America's Battalion: Marines in the First Gulf War by Otto J. Lehrack

By Otto J. Lehrack

Oral background by way of Marines who fought to disencumber Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's invading forces.America's Battalion tells the studies of 1 unit, the third Battalion, third Marines, in the course of Operation wasteland Storm—the first Gulf conflict. development from interviews with the individuals of the batallion, Otto Lehrack examines the character of struggle within the Persian Gulf. The terrain of the Arabian Peninsula and the disposition of the enemy dictated traditional battle requiring battalion and regimental attacks coordinated on the department point, so interviewees are essentially the officials and senior non-commissioned officials concerned.The third of the third, often referred to as "America's Battalion," had simply again from deployment in the summertime of 1990 after they have been required to instantly re-deploy to a wierd land to stand a battle-hardened enemy after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Theirs was once purely the second one Marine battalion to reach in Saudi Arabia. They participated within the first allied flooring operation of the battle, performed a key position within the conflict for town of Khafji, and have been the 1st to infiltrate the Iraqi twine and minefield barrier with a purpose to supply flank protection for the start of the allied offensive.Facing an enemy that had used one of the most fearsome guns of mass destruction—chemical and organic agents—against its former competitors and opposed to its personal humans, the Marines were ready for the worst. Lehrack has documented this unit's striking functionality in the course of the debts of these who participated within the historical occasions within the Persian Gulf and back domestic to inform of them.

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If they had really fought back it would have gone on a lot longer. Lieutenant Dan Henderson, Platoon Commander, Kilo Company The thing we missed the most was books, so people would ship us over big boxes of books so we would have something to do in our spare time. The work schedule would be—from ¤ve-thirty or six o’clock in the morning—up for chow. You’d work until about ten hundred and then stop until after dark because of the heat. If you did work during this time you might last a half hour, because the heat was so intense.

I think what they were concerned with was Bedouins and camels and all that stuff. We were at Cement Ridge for about four months. For air operations I used the Joint Operations Graphic Air Map, but I also used the 1:50,000 [infantry tactical map] to get even closer. We were using a lot of lats and longs,1 because the map error was so great. We used the GPS [global positioning system] for our location. And we’d use a target azimuth and a range with the 1:50,000. If you can get the aircraft within a mile of the target, all you have to do is talk to them on the radio, describe what it is.

We were attached to a Brigade Service Support Group. A lieutenant colonel was in charge of overall security, but there was not much being done. ” “Basically nothing,” he replied. ” And, like a good gunny does, he came back with a truck, two Humvees, and everything from sandbags to camou®age hats to whatever I needed. He was a major, major gogetter and solved a helluva lot of problems for me, especially during that time. We then proceeded to make defensive positions all through the pier area, looked at what was done for security, and beefed it up 110 percent from what had been done.

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