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Old 28-02-2017, 09:27 PM   #605
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Arrow Battle of Medina Ridge

February 27, 1991 following elements of 2/70 Armor, 1st Armored Division..
Medina Ridge was one of the few battles during Desert Storm in which American forces encountered significant Iraqi resistance and found it extremely difficult to advance..The Iraqi forces were well-deployed such that they could not be seen by American forces advancing until after they had cleared the top of the ridgeline..This defilade (aka reverse slope) position was intended to give the Iraqis protection from the powerful long-range direct fire of the M1 Abrams tankhs and the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles..On 27 February, the 3d Brigade was ordered to transition to pursuit operations to establish contact with and destroy the RGFC forces in zone..

M1 Abrams tanks moving in formation during the Persian Gulf War..

During the battle the American forces destroyed 186 Iraqi tanks (mostly export model T-72Ms, Asad Babils & obsolete Type 69s) and 127 armoured vehicles..Only four Abrams tanks were hit by direct fire.. Evidence suggests that some of them were hit by Iraqi T-72 fire..Ballistics reports have further confirmed this as well as physical evidence such as obvious sabot holes..All four were lost..

Headquarters Company, 2d Brigade, 1st Armored Division distinguished itself by gallantry in action from 26 to 28 February 1991, while conducting offensive operations against the Iraqi Republican Guard Forces Command during operation DESERT STORM.. As the heaviest Armor Brigade, consisting of the 6th Battalion, 6th Infantry; the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor;the 2d Battalion, 70th Armor; the 4th Battalion, 70th Armor; the 2d Battalion, 1st Field Artillery and the 47th Support Battalion (Forward), the 2d Brigade led the first Division in the largest tank battle against the Republican Guard Forces Command...'s plan a murder or start a religion..If there is to be a brave new world, our generation is going to have the hardest time living in it...Don't tell me that was any meteor shower!..What's left of it, sir!...
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