Although encountering some problems, the Iraqi forces occupied Kuwait in a matter of a few days. However, when President Saddam Hussein of Iraq unleashed his military upon Kuwait, little did he know what kind of reaction he would provoke from the Western superpowers, and what kind of devastation his country would suffer in return.
Concerned about the possibility of Iraq continuing its advance into Saudi Arabia, the USA – in coordination with Great Britain, France, and several local allies – reacted by deploying large contingents of their air, land and naval forces to the Middle East. Months of fruitless negotiations and the continuous military buildup – Operation Desert Shield – followed, as tensions continued to increase. Determined to retain Kuwait, and despite multiple warnings from his own generals, Saddam Hussein rejected all demands to withdraw. The USA and its allies, ‘the Coalition’, were equally as determined to drive out the invader and restore Kuwaiti independence. Gradually, they agreed this would have to be by force.
Following an authorization from the United Nations, the Coalition launched the Operation Desert Storm, on 17 January 1991, opening one of the most intensive air campaigns in history. The last conventional war of the 20th Century saw the large, but essentially traditional, Iraqi Army overwhelmed by forces trained and equipped to exploit the latest technologies.
Desert Storm reveals the whole war fought between Iraq and an international coalition, from the start of this campaign to its very end. Largely based on data released from official archives, spiced with numerous interviews, and illustrated with over 100 photographs, 18 color profiles and maps, it offers a refreshing insight into this unique conflict.
Desert Storm Volume 2 tells the story of the air campaign, naval operations, the 100 hours of the land war, and the aftermath of this conflict.
"This short monograph covers a great deal and captures so much of the planning, build-up, politics, and actual liberation of Kuwait....Hooton also, in an atypical approach, gives voice to Iraqi generals and their strategic and operational decisions. Despite its brevity, this is a handy reference to and summary of the Desert Storm campaign." ~Air Power History
"Recommended for those interested in the logistics of Operation Desert Storm and the subsequent liberation of Kuwait." ~AMPS
"Lots of numbers percolate through the text about the Coalition taking back Kuwait from Iraq in 1991. Better yet, especially for wargamers, it also includes 16 tables containing a variety of OOB and action information." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society