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Order of Battle: Allied Ground Forces of Operation Desert Storm Paperback – January 1, 2010

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Thomas D. Dinackus served in the U.S. Army for four years after earning a B.A. in history from Dickinson College. He served in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Today, he is a trial attorney with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

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  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Hellgate Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555714935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555714932
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Order Of Battle is a complete and definitive study of the allied unit operations and involvement in Operation Desert Storm. Thomas Dinackus offers a comprehensive listing of all the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, British, French, and Arab/Islamic units that served in the Gulf and depicts the command structure between the nits before and during the Persian Gulf War. Order Of Battle also identifies the organization and major types of equipment employed by the units serving in the Gulf. Throughout Order Of Battle are vivid snapshots of the operation including the first shots fired in Operation Desert Storm by an Apache attack helicopter unit and the first Patriot missile unit to engage an Iraqi Scud. Color plates of unit patches, plus other fascinating elements from the conflict are showcased, along with a unique comparison of Operation Desert Storm to the conflicts in Vietnam and Korea. Order Of Battle is an essential reference for military buffs, insignia collectors, war gamers, and students of ground combat in modern warfare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David C. Isby on November 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
An accurate order of battle is a necessity for understanding any military situation. Whether writing a book, designing a wargame, or preparing a briefing for decision-makers - I've had many opportunities to do all three - I found that order of battle separates facts from rumor or opinion. I have also found that too often, military history books do not provide adequate orders of battle or that they provide only a single "snapshot" of a complex process.
This book is an accurate, thorough description of the complex organizations of land combat that won the Gulf War. It covers the US military and the broad spectrum of allied forces, with notes as to equipment, operational role, and dates of arrival and departure in-theater.
Invaluable for any future historian or for the veteran who wants to be able to point out their outfit and show their part in the victory. Those who have read other accounts of the Gulf War (such as those published by the GPO as well as the wide range of memoir literature) will find this a useful supplement. Those who have found Shelby Stanton's US order of battle volumes on World War II and Vietnam useful will find this more so due to the inclusion of allied forces and greater context. And the hard-core OB specialists will need to have this on the shelf near their copies of Joslin and Tessin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Zaloga on November 28, 2000
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Tom Dinakus'Desert Storm book is an extremely handy volume for anyone interested in modern armies. It is particularly valuable for anyone reading other accounts of the Desert Storm campaign, as it provides a more comprehensive explanation of the forces deployed during the war than is available in most other books on the subject. Even if you're not interested in Desert Storm, it provides a very useful guide to the composition of the US Army at the height of its powers in the days immediately after the end of the Cold War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Austra on October 23, 2001
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Order of Battle : Allied Ground Forces of Operation Desert Storm, is a pretty concise order of battle book on the larger units that were deployed during DESERT STORM. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Reserve components are listed here. Additionally there are summaries regarding the conflict and the weapon systems involved. ... The price is very reasonable for this published resource and can be a point of departure for future study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon L Rottman on December 20, 2000
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Most order of battle books merely provide a listing of units participating in a specific war or campaign. Tom Dinackus' Gulf War order of battle study goes far beyond that. He not only covers US Army and Marine Corps combat units, but addresses Allied units. For a conflict so recent it is surprisingly difficult to locate detailed information on the units involved. Even the Army's and Marine Corps' records and campaign participation lists are sometimes in error. Tom Dinackus by far provides the most comprehensive work on this subject. Another area in which this book excells is the analysis of the types of combat units deployed, which allows one to examine the build-up of Allied forces. It also provides the task organization for combat of these units, or how they were cross-attached and reassigned to different commands for the actual conduct of the 100-hour ground war. This makes it a particulary valauble research aid.
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