Desert Storm

Volume 2 - Operation Desert Storm and the Coalition Liberation of Kuwait 1991

E.R. Hooton, Tom Cooper

The first inclusive history of the war between the US-led coalition and Iraq, fought 1991, largely based on data released from official archives, and spiced with content acquired in the course of dozens of interviews, Desert Storm Volume 2 tells the story of the air campaign, naval operations, the 100 hours of the land war, and the war's aftermath.
Date Published :
February 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Middle East@War
Illustration :
73 b/w photos, 21 color profiles, 5 b/w & 2 color maps, 16 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336356
Pages : 80
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : Available


Early in the morning of 2 August 1990, aircraft of the Iraqi Air Force bombed Kuwaiti air bases, and then the Iraqi Republican Guards stormed into the country. Thus began what would be called the ‘Gulf War’ – or the ‘II Gulf War’ or ‘II Persian Gulf War’ – fought between January and March 1991.

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.

About The Author

E. R. Hooton is a retired defence journalist, with a career including acting as a Jane’s yearbook editor. He is the author of more than a dozen military history books ranging from the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, air operations over the Western Front in 1916-1918, the breaking of the Hindenburg Line in 1918, the Red Army of 1937-1941, air operations between 1939 and 1945 and the Communist Chinese victory of 1945-1951. This is his fifth book for Helion’s Middle East@War series.

Tom Cooper is an Austrian aerial warfare analyst and historian. Following a career in worldwide transportation business – during which he established a network of contacts in the Middle East and Africa – he moved into narrow-focus analysis and writing on small, little-known air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives. This has resulted in specialization in such Middle Eastern air forces as of those of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, plus various African and Asian air forces. Except for authoring and co-authoring more than 30 books - including about a dozen of titles for Helion’s @War series - and over 1000 articles, Cooper is a regular correspondent for multiple defense-related publications.


"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."


"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

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