Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War

Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War

by L. Scott Lingamfelter


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When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, triggering the First Gulf War, a coalition of thirty-five countries led by the United States responded with Operation Desert Storm, which culminated in a one-hundred-hour coordinated air strike and ground assault that repelled Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Though largely forgotten in descriptions of the war, an eight-day barrage of artillery fire made this seemingly rapid offensive possible. At the forefront of this offensive were the brave field artillerymen known as "redlegs."

In Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War, a veteran and former redleg of the 1st Infantry Division Artillery (otherwise known as the "Big Red One"), Col. L. Scott Lingamfelter, recounts the logistical and strategic decisions that led to a coalition victory. Drawing on original battle maps, official reports, and personal journals, Lingamfelter describes the experience of the First Gulf War through a soldier's eyes and attempts to answer the question of whether the United States "got the job done" in its first sustained Middle Eastern conflict. Part military history, part personal memoir, this book provides a boots-on-the-ground perspective on the largest US artillery bombardment since World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813179209
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 05/19/2020
Series: American Warriors Series
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 794,197
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Col. L. Scott Lingamfelter, USA (Ret.), began his twenty-eight-year military career as a field artilleryman, quickly moving up the ranks to colonel. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2018. His work has been published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Washington Times. Check out his website

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Big Red One 7

2 Fort Riley 12

3 The Convergence of Leaders 18

4 The Approaching Storm 27

5 A First-Class Ride to Confusion 42

6 War 56

7 Preparing for the Fight 72

8 A Fight to Remember 102

9 Into the Breach 136

10 A Relentless Pursuit 160

11 An Uncertain Peace 192

12 An Unresolved Peace 225

13 The Long March Home 245

14 Retrospective and Reality: Did We Get the Job Done? 267

Glossary 287

Notes 295

Bibliography 305

Index 307

Photos follow page 150

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"Lingamfelter crafts an excellent story of the Big Red One's road to war during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as seen through the unique perspective of a field artilleryman. As our army transitions from fighting insurgencies to multi-domain, large scale, combat operations similar to those experienced during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, Lingamfelter's work is a very timely publication. Overall, Desert Redleg is an enjoyable book on two levels: first, it captures both general and artillery lessons learned from a past conflict, which should be studied for the future; and second, it brought back memories of my own similar experiences as an Armor Officer and of the soldiers I served alongside during Desert Storm." — Brig. Gen. Clint Anderson, US Army (Ret.)

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