Sunday, April 27, 2008

Persian Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991)

Shortly after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990, US President George H.W. Bush began deploying US military might to Saudi Arabia (Operation Desert Shield), while at the same time urging other countries to send their own forces to the scene. UN coalition-building efforts were so successful that by the time the fighting (Operation Desert Storm) began on January 17, 1991, there was a HUGE force ready to boot Saddam's Iraqi forces out from Kuwait.

The six-colour Desert Battle Dress Uniform (DBDU), with a base pattern of light tan overlaid with broad swathes of pale olive green, two-tone wide bands of brown, clusters of black-on-white spots scattered over it resulted in it being nicknamed the "chocolate chip" pattern, was worn during this conflict.

From left to right: USMC Scout Sniper (Jake Gyllenhaal played Anthony Swofford in "Jarhead"), US Army Special Forces operator (George Clooney as Major Archie Gates in "Three Kings") and Hot Toys' US Army CVC (Combat Vehicle Crew)

US Army Special Ops Sergeant "Brian" and Delta Force operators

US Army Infantryman in MOPP gear, US Army Grenadier and Night Ops Camouflage Grenadier

US Navy SEAL reconnaissance patrol, 82nd Airborne M249 Gunner, US Army Infantryman

There were also allied forces in the war but not many figures were released of them. Famous among them would be the SAS Scud hunters.

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