Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ready for Assault: Why the British Troops Are Vital to the U.S

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ready for Assault: Why the British Troops Are Vital to the U.S

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1 INFANTRY INVASION Nearly 15,000 men of 7th Armoured Brigade will break out of Kuwait and begin 300 -mile push towards Baghdad.

. Aim: to advance in three stages: first, the "breach", after which they will pause just inside Iraq to allow the US 3rd Infantry Division to pass through; then "consolidation", probably at An Nasiriyah on Euphrates; then final advance on capital

2 AIRBORNE LANDINGS Without Turkish deal for northern invasion, allies must land troops within Iraq. 16 Air Assault Brigade will fight alongside US 101 Airborne -famous "Screaming Eagles".

. Aim: to protect oil fields of Mosul and Kirkuk from Iraqi sabotage; stop Scud missiles in western desert; prepare landing strips for allied reinforcements

3 SECURING BASRA

Men of 1st UK Armoured Division HQ will hook right towards Basra to join Royal Marines from HMS Ark Royal and HMS Ocean who will make amphibious and/or helicopter-borne assault . Aim: to secure port city and oilfields; take southern rivers

WHO'S WHO

7TH ARMOURED BRIGADE

nicknamed "Desert Rats". …

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