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

By Otto J. Lehrack

ISBN-10: 0817314520

ISBN-13: 9780817314521

Oral historical past by way of Marines who fought to free up 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 desolate tract Storm—the first Gulf conflict. construction from interviews with the contributors of the batallion, Otto Lehrack examines the character of battle 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, often referred to as "America's Battalion," had simply back from deployment in the summertime of 1990 after 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 in basic terms the second one Marine battalion to reach in Saudi Arabia. They participated within the first allied flooring operation of the battle, performed a key function within the conflict for town of Khafji, and have been the 1st to infiltrate the Iraqi twine and minefield barrier as a way to offer flank safeguard 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 rivals and opposed to its personal humans, the Marines were ready for the worst. Lehrack has documented this unit's notable functionality during the money owed of these who participated within the old occasions within the Persian Gulf and lower back domestic to inform of them.

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It was the real thing. Sergeant William D. Iiams, Reconnaissance Team Leader, Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion None of the younger Marines knew who Saddam Hussein was or where Kuwait was. Fortunately, I had been stationed in Lebanon for a couple of years and had done some research on the area. And when I was in Okinawa, I was involved in antiterrorism training. So I knew a little about what was going on. I thought from the ¤rst day that if they are spending this much money and making this much effort, there is going to be a war.

It was refreshing. It was motivating. It was exciting to see corporals and sergeants really taking care of their 40 Cement Ridge people. Maybe because I was with them, and everybody was in a ¤shbowl there, I saw things. I’d see corporals talking to lance corporals. I’d see sergeants with their arm around a lance corporal. Even up on my level, you knew the guys that weren’t getting mail. Colonel John Garrett, Battalion Commander The commandant [General A. M. ” Our Marines had some adjustments to make.

Corporal David Bush, S3 Driver We had India Company that went before us. They were on guard detail and they hadn’t seen anything. They were ready for anything that came in. We had a sandbag perimeter, machine guns in the corners, patrols all the time. The MPs [military police] had the gates. Colonel John Garrett, Battalion Commander Captain McCusker got there ¤rst. He was really smart; he put his platoons really spread out. We’re talking about a four- to ¤ve-square-mile area. His trip was historical, providing security for the ¤rst time for a real deployment of MPS ships to a port that we hoped would be benign when we got there.

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