By Otto J. Lehrack
Oral heritage through Marines who fought to free up Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's invading forces.America's Battalion tells the reports of 1 unit, the third Battalion, third Marines, in the course of Operation wasteland Storm—the first Gulf conflict. construction from interviews with the contributors of the batallion, Otto Lehrack examines the character of war within the Persian Gulf. The terrain of the Arabian Peninsula and the disposition of the enemy dictated traditional war requiring battalion and regimental attacks coordinated on the department point, so interviewees are basically the officials and senior non-commissioned officials concerned.The third of the third, sometimes called "America's Battalion," had simply back from deployment in the summertime of 1990 once they have been required to right away re-deploy to an odd 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 floor operation of the struggle, performed a key position within the conflict for town of Khafji, and have been the 1st to infiltrate the Iraqi twine and minefield barrier to be able to supply flank protection for the start of the allied offensive.Facing an enemy that had used the most fearsome guns of mass destruction—chemical and organic agents—against its former rivals and opposed to its personal humans, the Marines have been ready for the worst. Lehrack has documented this unit's amazing functionality throughout the money owed of these who participated within the ancient occasions within the Persian Gulf and back domestic to inform of them.
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There was nothing to stop him. The air support that was there wasn’t real coordinated. Captain Mike McCusker, CO, India Company Two or three days after I got there, the battalion commander showed up with about one-third of the battalion. Again, no mail, no contact with home as Saudi Arabia 27 to what was going on, and everything was classi¤ed, so you couldn’t tell your family where you were or what was going on, just that you were gone. Corporal David Bush, S3 Driver We had India Company that went before us.
They even wouldn’t let us try artillery until we set up a range and showed them what we could do on the range. Then we ¤nally got to shoot artillery. 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.
That helped a lot. Just about every of¤cer and staff NCO bought one, and we could listen to the BBC and Voice of America, stuff like that. Corporal David Bush, S3 Driver I heard a lot of things about Saddam. He is a ruthless guy. He’d been in power a long time and had done awful things. A book came out during the war by two reporters from Time. It was the story of Saddam Hussein and his life in power. There was a lot in there about the things he’d done, the tortures and all. I believed every single one of them.
America's Battalion: Marines in the First Gulf War by Otto J. Lehrack