Battle of 73 Easting

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Silimusa M. Miscoi Military History 391 Battle Analysis 05-03-13 Battle Analysis: The Battle of 73 Easting The Battle of 73 Easting was a decisive tank battle fought on 26 February 1991, on the Southern Part of Iraq, during the Gulf War. It was fought between American-British armored forces and those of the Iraqi Republican Guard. The battle took place several hours after the Battle of Al Busayyah. It was named for a UTM north-south coordinate line (an "Easting", measured in kilometers and readable on GPS receivers). In the featureless desert that was used as a phase line to measure progress of the offensive. The battle is named after a "phase line" near which the battle took place. Phase lines are map references occurring every few kilometers used to measure progress of an offensive operation. The battle of 73 Easting was approximately 50 miles east of Al Busayyah, Iraq. The battle was also described as the last greatest tank battle of the 20th century. War Battle was fought in: It was during the Persian Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations mandated by the United Nations and led by the United States. The lead up to the war began with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 which was met with immediate economic sanctions by the United Nations against Iraq. Hostilities commenced in January 1991, resulting in a decisive victory for the coalition forces, which drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait with minimal coalition deaths. The main battles were aerial and ground combat within Iraq, Kuwait and bordering areas of Saudi Arabia. The war did not expand outside of the immediate Iraq/Kuwait/Saudi border region, although Iraq fired missiles on Israeli cities. The Americans wanted to cut off Iraq Retreat from Kuwait, Destroy fire Republican Guard Divisions near the Ira Kuwait Boarder that might attack the Arab and Marine Units moving

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