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Subject = 3D ARMORED DIVISION ARTILLERY HISTORICAL SUMMARY ODS PHASES III Parent Organization = ARCENT Unit = VII CORPS Folder Title = VII CORPS ARTY-BOOK 3-COMMANDER REPT-TAB I-3D AD ARTY HIST SUMM PHASES II-VI VOL 17C Document Number = 3 Box ID = BX000313 3D ARMORED DIVISION ARTILLERY HISTORICAL SUMMARY OPERATION DESERT STORM PHASES III - V (24-28 FEBRUARY 1991) O-DAY, 24 FEBRUARY 1991 The friendly situation at the beginning of Phase III was as follows: The mission of the VII Corps was "to attack, on order, the Iraqi defenses and destroy the Republican Guards Forces Command (RGFC) in zone". The RBFC was composed primarily of the AL Medina and Hamurabi Armored Divisions and the Tawakalna Mechanized Division. However, there were numerous other force% including the 12th, 17th and 52d Armored Divisions in close proximity and probably under control of the RBFC. Phase V (Destruction of the RGFC) plans were outlined in VII Corps FRAGPLAN 7. it stated that the 3D Armored Division (3 AD) mission was to "conduct an envelopment in accordance with OPORD 1990-2, and on order, attack in coordination with the IST Armored Division (I AD) to destroy RGFC in the vicinity of Objective Dorsett. The VIT Corps was oriented to the North with the XVIII Airborne Corps (ABC) on it's left flank and Northern Arab Command (NAC) on the right flank. The VII Corps itself was on line with the IAD, the 3AD, the IST Infantry Division (I ID), and the IST Cavalry Division (I CD) -From west to east. The I CD was technically the ARCENT reserve. The 2D Armored Cavalry Regiment (2 ACR) occupied positions in Forward Assembly Area (FAA) Concord, directly north of FAA Garcia and FAA Butts which were occupied by the I AD and the 3 AD respectively. The IST United Kingdom Armored Division, t(UK) AD, was in their FAA positioned to the south of I ID. The I ID plan was to open a breach site and for the I (UK) AD to pass through. The I (UK) AD then planned to move north and then turn east into the enemy flank. VII Corps alone was to attack on the day after Ground Day (6 Day) at BMNT. All other forces would attack on G Day. The intelligence assessment from the G-2, 3 AD as of 240300 was as follows: Iraq will continue to maintain its defense in the Kuwait Theater of Operations (KTO). Iraqi ground forces are incapable of conducting an operational level offensive, although the RGFC remains capable of conducting limited counterattacks. Units will remain dispersed to enhance survivability against Coalition air attacks and to conserve forces for the anticipated ground attack. There are no major indications that Iraq has repositioned any of it's heavy forces just prior to the start of the ground campaign. Iraq will probably wait until it has identified the Coalition's main attack before repositioning its limited armored and mechanized forces. On 24 Feb at 0530, the Divarty Headquarters (HQ) was positioned in FAA Butts at grid NS 3ose54. The I)ivarty conducted Stand-to in preparation for movement from the current location to positions several kilometers north into FAA Concord. The Divarty HQ was directed to SP at 1200 hours. This movement was planned to close the gap between the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Corps screen, and the lead elements of the 3d Armored Division. This movement would -Facilitate preparation +or thf- VII Corps ground attack on 6+1.
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