Desert Storm 1991

The most shattering air campaign in history

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Desert Storm 1991

The most shattering air campaign in history


An expertly written, illustrated new analysis of the Desert Storm air campaign fought against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, which shattered the world's fourth-largest army and sixth-largest air force in just 39 days, and revolutionized the world's ideas about modern air power.

Operation Desert Storm took just over six weeks to destroy Saddam Hussein's war machine: a 39-day air campaign followed by a four-day ground assault. It shattered what had been the world's fourth-largest army and sixth-largest air force, and overturned conventional military assumptions about the effectiveness and value of air power.

In this book, Richard P. Hallion, one of the world's foremost experts on air warfare, explains why Desert Storm was a revolutionary victory, a war won with no single climatic battle. Instead, victory came thanks largely to a rigorously planned air campaign. It began with an opening night that smashed Iraq's advanced air defense system, and allowed systematic follow-on strikes to savage its military infrastructure and field capabilities. When the Coalition tanks finally rolled into Iraq, it was less an assault than an occupation.

The rapid victory in Desert Storm, which surprised many observers, led to widespread military reform as the world saw the new capabilities of precision air power, and it ushered in today's era of high-tech air warfare.

Table of Contents

-The airpower of a global coalition
-Iraq's military machine
-The invading armed forces
-Saddam's air power
-Air defenses
-Resolution and resolve
-42 days to Kuwait City
-Final countdown
-Opening night: an assessment
-Grappling in the Central Blue
-Preventing resurgence: the shelter-busting campaign
-Per Ardua: Tornado at war
-The Iraqi SAM threat: suppressed but not eliminated
-Targeting Iraq's power infrastructure and forces
-The battle against the Scuds
-Clash of arms at al-Khafji: Saddam's calculated lashing-out
-Victory at sea: securing the northern Persian Gulf
-Phase III: “preparing the battlefield” or “destroying the
-The intelligence debate
-The al-Firdos bunker bombing
-Phase IV: to G-Day and afterwards

Product details

Published 17 Feb 2022
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472846945
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with around 60 photos and at least 14pp of colour illustrations
Series Air Campaign
Short code ACM 25
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Richard P. Hallion

Richard P. Hallion holds a Ph.D. in history from t…


Adam Tooby

Adam Tooby is an internationally renowned digital…


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