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Subject: SUMMARY OF ACTION FOR OPERATION DESERT STORM 24 27 FEB 1991     

Unit: VARIOUS MC  

Parent Organization: VARIOUS MC  

Box  ID: BX600054

Folder Title: OPERATION DESERT STORM SUMMARY OF ACTION 24-27 FEB 1991                                         

Document Number:          1

Folder Seq  #:         15




                                      UNCLASSIFIED


            PHASE I: ASSAULT BREACH OPERATIONS

                 At 0001, 24 February, TF Ripper was ordered to move into
            its attack position, which was approximately 14k-m inside
            Kuwait. At 0200, TF Papa Bear began moving to its attack
            position. 3/9 led the Task Force movement, followed by lst
            Tanks and 1/1 along Axis OUTLAW. At 0533, TF Papa Bear crossed
            PL Black into Kuwait. By 0745, the entire Task Force was in
            its attack position.

                 3/9 crossed the LOD at 0748 and moved to its assault
            position (vic QS 730730), where it linked up with its STA
            team guides. "Wolf" and "Badger" returned from their
            reconnaissance of the first obstacle belt (vic QS 765765) and
            reported no enemy sighted. The approach to the first obstacle
            belt went as planned. TF Ripper was through its breach and
            well into its zone.                                  ents-of

                                                                 e belt at
                                                                 ed fence,
            120m deep AP/AT minefield and a rear wire barbed fence. The
            obstacle Clearing Detachments (OCDS) launched line charges
            across the obstacle belt. The line charges were marginally
            effective, (3) of (6) charges used had to be manually capped
            for detonation. The lanes were then marked with expedient
            marking material and proofed by trackwidth mine plows. At
            0940, two lanes were completed through the first obstacle belt.

                 3/9 began moving through the breach, prepared to assault
            and clear Iraqi defenses north of the obstacle belt. No enemy
            forces were encountered. By 1040, 3/9 had established a 2000m
            x 3000m breachhead and cleared the way for follow-on forces.
nd 3/9, lst Tanks passed through the breach
            lanes and began to clear its zone to the northeast. After
            passing through the breach, 1/1 attacked southeast along the
            minefield to clear troop positions and vehicle revetments. 1/1
            then moved to the northwest corner of the workers camp, previ-
            ously cleared by TF Taro, and waited for the next breach.

                 lst Tanks expanded its zone to the north and received
            sporadic shell fire. Cobras and Harriers controlled by lst
            Tanks destroyed (2) tanks, (2) OPs, (1) mortar position, and
            numerous bunkers. 1/11 provided supporting fires on targets
            of opportunity and displaced forward once the breachhead was
            secured.

                 During the expansion of the TF breachhead, the breach
            support teams cleared and proofed two additional lanes.
            Engineers marked the lanes and then began reloading the MK-154-
            configured AAV's in preparation for breaching the second
            obstacle belt.

                 At 1100, 3/9 again sent "Wolf", "Badger" and STA elements
            to reconnoiter the second belt. "Wolf" and "Badger" came
            under enemy indirect fire and requested air and artillery to
            suppress the enemy. Four AV-8Bs and one OV-10 FAC(A) were
            utilized to destroy (1) FO tower, (2) mortar bunkers, (2)
            T-55 tanks, and (1) infantry bunker from which direct fire

                                      UNCLASSIFIED

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File Room = oct96_declassified
File Cabinet = Week-42
Box ID = BX600054
Unit = VARIOUS MC
Parent Organization = VARIOUS MC
Folder Title = OPERATION DESERT STORM SUMMARY OF ACTION 24-27 FEB 1991
Folder Seq # = 15
Subject = SUMMARY OF ACTION FOR OPERATION DESERT STORM 24
Document Seq # = 1
Document Date =
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Queued for Declassification = 01-JAN-1980
Short Term Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Long Term Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Permanent Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Non-Health Related Document = 01-JAN-1980
Declassified = 02-JAN-1997