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Wars of Modern BabylonA History of the Iraqi Army from 1921 to 2003$
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Pesach Malovany

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169439

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.001.0001

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“The Mother of All Battles” (“Desert Storm”), Phase Two

“The Mother of All Battles” (“Desert Storm”), Phase Two

The Ground and Sea Campaign (24–28 February 1991)

(p.565) Chapter 31 “The Mother of All Battles” (“Desert Storm”), Phase Two
Wars of Modern Babylon

Pesach Malovany IDF (Ret.)

Amatzia Baram

Kevin M. Woods

Ronna Englesberg

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with the second phase of the Gulf war—operation “Desert Storm” called by the Iraqis “The Mother of all Battles– The ground and sea campaign (24-28 February, 1991). It describes the Coalition’s ground attack against the Iraqi forces in Kuwait and southern Iraq—opened on 24 February at dawn, and lasted four days. It included three sub-phases: a. breaching the Iraqi line of defence in Kuwait and on the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia; b. the Iraqi retreat from Kuwait and the Coalition’s forces flanking action inside Iraq; c. the battles against the Republican Guard in southern Iraq. It also describes The Iraqi Navy’s role in the campaign, especially the fighting on the island of Faylaka.

Keywords:   The coalition forces, Central Command (CENTCOM), US Army, US Marines, British forces, French forces, Iraqi Army, Republican Guard, The Iraqi retreat from Kuwait

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