Desert Storm: A Forgotten War

By Alberto Bin; Richard Hill et al. | Go to book overview

Preface

Work on this book started the day after hostilities commenced on 17 January 1991. However, it was never our intention to publish our work immediately after the conflict ended. Much information on the war was made available only long after the end of hostilities. Our main drive has been to collect reliable information from primary sources and eyewitnesses, and to use wellaccepted political and military theories to organize and present this material. The contents of this book are based entirely on official documents available to the public and on interviews that either were published or conducted by us on the phone and in person with people in the United States and Europe. Given the paucity of unclassified sources, most of our data come from official military accounts, in particular the comprehensive Gulf War Air Power Survey by Eliot Cohen et al., which, despite their shortcomings, are invaluable sources.

This book builds on the literature available to date and tries to go beyond it by covering Arab, European and U.S. participation in the events; by relying mainly on official primary sources; and by offering new, and in some cases controversial, interpretations of well-known events. We have included many firsthand accounts from soldiers in an attempt to show the “face of war” and to dispel the image that Desert Storm was a collection of “aseptic surgical strikes.” We have attempted to place these accounts into context by providing connecting summary narratives of events and economic, military, and statistical analyses.

We hope that we have succeeded in producing the first comprehensive history addressed to the general public that does not, paraphrasing Col.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Introduction xvii
  • 1 - Why Did Iraq Invade Kuwait? 1
  • 2 - The Path to War 17
  • 3 - Was War Inevitable? 51
  • 4 - The Balance of Forces 63
  • 5 - Day 1 and the Battle for the Air 83
  • 6 - Military Operations- Day 2 to 38 95
  • 7 - Political Reactions- Day 2 to 38 137
  • 8 - The Land Battle- 100 Hours 145
  • 9 - Analysis of the Coalition Victory 209
  • Glossary 255
  • Selected Biblography 267
  • Index 277
  • About the Authors 283
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