By Otto J. Lehrack
Oral background through Marines who fought to disencumber Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's invading forces.America's Battalion tells the studies of 1 unit, the third Battalion, third Marines, in the course of Operation wasteland Storm—the first Gulf battle. development from interviews with the individuals 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 conflict 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 back from deployment in the summertime of 1990 after they have been required to right away re-deploy to an odd land to stand a battle-hardened enemy after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Theirs used to be purely 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 twine and minefield barrier with a purpose to supply flank defense for the start of the allied offensive.Facing an enemy that had used probably the most fearsome guns of mass destruction—chemical and organic agents—against its former rivals and opposed to its personal humans, the Marines have been ready for the worst. Lehrack has documented this unit's striking functionality during the debts of these who participated within the ancient occasions within the Persian Gulf and lower back domestic to inform of them.
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At that point it took the wind out of my sails. But then I remembered that the nation had been called on, and I had been called on to do my job. Captain Osamah “Sam” A. Jammal, Company Commander, Headquarters and Service (H&S) Company I’m Jordanian by birth. I came to the States in 1970. 3 I’ve been in the Marine Corps for approximately nine and a half years. I reported to 3/3 in August 1990. Approximately three weeks after I reported in, the battalion was packing up to go to Southwest Asia.
I would be suspicious of anyone who wasn’t afraid. 1st Sergeant Wylie R. McIntosh, First Sergeant, Weapons Company You could see it. The ¤rst reaction was total silence. The men were shocked. I’d been telling them ever since I had been with the battalion that one day we were going into a con®ict. It would happen. I don’t think anyone really believed it. Major Craig Huddleston, Battalion XO It was a very dif¤cult time for us. We were trying to get equipment and supplies that we needed to deploy to a potential combat zone.
That pissed a lot of us off, Cement Ridge 37 because people in the States thought we were seeing civilians. We were stuck in the desert, nowhere near a town. We didn’t even have electricity. It was all ®ashlights and candles and chem lights. Lieutenant Dan Henderson, Platoon Commander, Kilo Company About the end of October or the beginning of November there were some short-wave radios for sale for twenty bucks. That helped a lot. Just about every of¤cer and staff NCO bought one, and we could listen to the BBC and Voice of America, stuff like that.
America's Battalion: Marines in the First Gulf War by Otto J. Lehrack