Tip of the Spear: U.S. Marine Light Armor in the Gulf War

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Images of U.S. Marines assaulting Pacific beaches in World War II have stereotyped the service's roles and personnel for more than fifty years. This frank firsthand account of Marines sweeping over sands of a different sort in fast armored vehicles retires that popular legend and recasts the Corps as the modern, professional fighting force it was in Desert Storm. Battling a savage environment, an unknown enemy brandishing threats of nuclear, gas, and biological attacks, and a host of technological and tactical ...
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Images of U.S. Marines assaulting Pacific beaches in World War II have stereotyped the service's roles and personnel for more than fifty years. This frank firsthand account of Marines sweeping over sands of a different sort in fast armored vehicles retires that popular legend and recasts the Corps as the modern, professional fighting force it was in Desert Storm. Battling a savage environment, an unknown enemy brandishing threats of nuclear, gas, and biological attacks, and a host of technological and tactical snafus, Alpha Company of the 1st Light Armored Infantry Battalion pushed forward at the "tip of the spear" past burning oil fields, hundreds of Iraqi tanks and vehicles, and heartrending friendly casualties to help liberate Kuwait City and drive the Iraqis back to Baghdad. Here G. J. Michaels, a section leader and vehicle commander, provides a vivid, personal chronicle of events as they unfolded. Michaels further draws on his thirteen years of LAV experience to examine lessons learned from the war as well as its controversies, including the confusion over use of the LAV as both recon scout and infantry support and the lack of effective identification/friend-or-foe systems.
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A first-person account of the use of Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) in the Gulf War. The author, a section leader and vehicle commander during the war, draws on his 13 years of LAV experience to examine lessons learned from the war as well as its controversies, including confusion over the use of LAV units as both recon scout and infantry support and the lack of effective identification/friend-or-foe systems. Includes an account of the attack at Az-Zabr, in which 11 Marines were killed by friendly fire and accidents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557505996
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2001

    Wheels in the Sand

    Gerg Michaels book is one of the first books writen about an Non-Commisioned Officers experience in the Gulf-War and in a Marine unit. He describes his experience in USMarine Corps wheeled armored vehicles in combat, and the men who fought in them. It looks at the mission of the LAV units, the needed training that is difficult in peace and the capable leadership of Non Commissioned Officers and Officers required for a unit to be cohesive and functional.

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