By Otto J. Lehrack
Oral heritage through Marines who fought to disencumber Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's invading forces.America's Battalion tells the reviews of 1 unit, the third Battalion, third Marines, in the course of Operation wasteland Storm—the first Gulf battle. development from interviews with the participants of the batallion, Otto Lehrack examines the character of conflict within the Persian Gulf. The terrain of the Arabian Peninsula and the disposition of the enemy dictated traditional war requiring battalion and regimental attacks coordinated on the department point, so interviewees are essentially the officials and senior non-commissioned officials concerned.The third of the third, sometimes called "America's Battalion," had simply lower back from deployment in the summertime of 1990 once they have been required to instantly re-deploy to an odd land to stand a battle-hardened enemy after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Theirs used to be in basic terms the second one Marine battalion to reach in Saudi Arabia. They participated within the first allied floor operation of the battle, performed a key position within the conflict for the town of Khafji, and have been the 1st to infiltrate the Iraqi cord and minefield barrier so that it will supply flank safety for the start of the allied offensive.Facing an enemy that had used essentially the most fearsome guns of mass destruction—chemical and organic agents—against its former competitors and opposed to its personal humans, the Marines have been ready for the worst. Lehrack has documented this unit's awesome functionality during the debts of these who participated within the old occasions within the Persian Gulf and again domestic to inform of them.
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We learned to adapt. We didn’t have the tan paint that we needed for our vehicles, so we traded with the MPS people and used that. There was an extra piece of cloth in the back of the desert cammies [camou®aged uniforms] that’s useless. It always gets caught when you put it on. They cut that out and they put it on their ri®es. They invented a way to keep water cool. They’d take these water bottles we got, and they would ¤t precisely into a green issue sock. So they’d make the sock wet and just hang it at night or carry it around wet and it keeps your water cool.
All of them volunteered, down to the last guy. We went through something like three ®ight crews in this thirty-hour period. On a 747 that’s a total of about seventy or seventy-¤ve people. For some of them this was their third trip to Saudi Arabia already. As we approached Dhahran we could see this huge airport. None of us had ever seen that many tactical aircraft in one place at one time. When we looked we noticed that all the aircraft were loaded with live ordnance. We knew we had arrived. The pilot got on the intercom and said that they had a lot of expendable supplies on the aircraft.
They might be able to tell if it’s a tank or a truck, but they can’t tell if it’s the platoon CP or the company CP or the battalion CP. They’re not going to be able to decipher the difference unless you telegraph it with antennas. Aside from that, they are going to know you are there. We ®ew an RPV [remotely piloted vehicle] over the battalion earlier, and you could tell where the CP was. That’s where we learned that when you set up the CP, you set it up along the battalion defensive line and blend in with all the bivouacs of the company so you couldn’t really guess a lot about it.
America's Battalion: Marines in the First Gulf War by Otto J. Lehrack