With a Foreword by General (ret) Fred Franks - Commander, VII Corps in Desert Storm
As a new generation of main battle tanks came on line during the 1980s, neither the US nor USSR had the chance to pit them in combat. But once the Cold War between the superpowers waned, Iraq's Saddam Hussein provided that chance with his invasion of Kuwait. Finally the new US M1A1 tank would see how it fared against the vaunted Soviet-built T-72.
On the morning of August 2, 1990, Iraqi armored divisions invaded the tiny emirate of Kuwait. The Iraqi Army, after its long war with Iran, had more combat experience than the U.S. Army. Who knew if America's untested forces could be shipped across the world and thence contest the battle-hardened Iraqis on their homeground? The Kuwaitis had collapsed easily enough, but the invasion drew fierce condemnation from the UN, which demanded Saddam's withdrawal. Undeterred by the rhetoric, the Iraqi dictator massed his forces along the Saudi Arabian border and dared the world to stop him. In response, the U.S. led the world community in a coalition of 34 nations in what became known as Operation Desert Storm - a violent air and ground campaign to eject the Iraqis from Kuwait. Leading this charge into Iraq were the men of Eagle Troop in the US Army's 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment.
Commanded by then-Captain HR McMaster, Eagle Troop was the lead element of the US VII Corps' advance into Iraq. On February 26, 1991, Eagle Troop encountered the Tawakalna Brigade of Iraq's elite Republican Guard. By any calculation, the 12 American tanks didn't stand a chance. Yet within a mere 23 minutes, the M1A1 tanks of Eagle Troop destroyed more than 50 enemy vehicles and plowed a hole through the Iraqi front. History would call it the Battle of 73 Easting.
Based on hours of interviews and archival research by renowned author Mike Guardia, this minute-by-minute account of the U.S. breakthrough reveals an intimate, no-holds-barred account of modern warfare.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very good book for younger people who want to know more about what it was like to be on the ground as a Cav Scout. It has a good set up and reads very well and quick. Maps are good with many photos(color would have been better). This book does not stray off into any political or social rants it tells what went on in the pre-war army and the lives of the young trooper on the ground. For any former Germany based soldiers this will bring back those days of deploying out of USAEUR and the uncertainties of what was going to happen in the coming weeks and months. If you like this book, you should try "Battle on the Lomba 1987" by David Mannall. Or "Into Cambodia" by the late Keith Nolan.
Excellent well written and researched the first true book on one of the most famous tank battles in history. It is not about division running around the battlefield, It is about a Cavalry Troop of approx. 140 men lead by a Captain taking on a bigger and well equip force and showing how the US Military transformed itself from the old Vietnam Days to a modern Military Juggernaut! The story is about the men first , the tactics and the equipment...The battle is studied at West Point, this book should be part of it as well!
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