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U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991: With the 2d Marine Division in Desert Shield and Desert Storm

U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf, 1990-1991: With the 2d Marine Division in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. LtCol Dennis P. Mroczkowski, USMCR. 1993. 107 pp.
(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/29231691)

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Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What was an AAV and what was its purpose?
  • What did the 2nd Division do after the cessation of hostilities?
  • When are night vision goggles useless?


From the preface,

This history is also limited in scope, partly because of time constraints. It also is not meant to be the definitive work on the 2d Marine Division’s participation in the war in the Persian Gulf area; that is intended by the Director of Marine Corps History and Museums to come later. This volume studies the participation of the division as an entity, and is written from that perspective. The actions of regiments, battalions, companies, small units, or individuals are noted as they are exceptional or contributed significantly to the division’s overall efforts.

This work is mostly arranged chronologically, with information on preparations and intelligence efforts prior to the start of hostilities. The narrative concludes with an epilogue that is part celebratory, part reflective and part summary. It also includes a statement on how many Iraqis surrendered and how much enemy equipment was captured or destroyed.

Between the narrative section and the index are four appendices.Two that will be valuable to writers of stories during this period are Appendix C, List of Acronyms and Abbreviations and Appendix D, Chronology.


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