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Storm on the Horizon: Khafji--The Battle That Changed the Course of the Gulf War Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2005
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Truly a gifted writer, this young Captain of the US MArines. He has an uncanny feeling of what to stress, even though it seems to the uninitiated to be only a small point. Yet, he does equal justice to the so wrongly called "Big Picture", the cameos and the clerly described wasteland of the Northern Saudi desert areas.
I am a jaded reader, rarely find a book I desire to buy and keep. This is one of those that I will keep and give my grandson when he is old enough to understand what sacrifice for one's country really means, and understand the despair when you see a buddy buy the farm (yes, I know this term dates me). I will make him read it so he can also respect those who are willing to die for the rest of us.
I wasn't a Marine, but
On the night of January 29, 1991, news quickly filtered to Al Jubayl Air Base (where I was) some 100 miles south of Khafji that the Iraqis were rolling down the coast. There would have been minimal deterrence all the way to Bahrain. Luckily, there was a trip wire called RECON there...and a few Air Force A-10s, proven to be more fatal to U.S. Marines than the Republican Guard.
Morris brings readers to the front lines where the best of the best Marine infantry-RECON-are led by junior officers and NCOs as they repel an overwhelming Iraqi intrusion. With all the details and perspectives from commanders and grunts, STORM is the best battle book and combat narrative to come out of Operation Desert Storm. Morris joins the elite ranks of former leathernecks with a literary flair. Don't be surprised to see STORM in a movie theater down the road or another book by him soon. Semper fi.
Although intelligence had reported that an attack was likely, no one paid too much attention. Fortunately, there were Marine reconnaissance patrols in place along with some tank-killing back-up. With brilliant improvisation, the Coalition troops managed to stop superior forces and armor by using their wits and air superiority. They also displayed uncommon valor.
The accounts of the action come mostly from the Marines involved, so any Marine will want to read this book. It's an important chapter in the legend of the Marines.
The story also illuminates how difficult modern war is, even with weapons and air superiority. You are at great risk of being killed by your own forces . . . as unfortunately was shown to be true in this battle.
If you enjoy reading about Civil War battles, you will find this one someone reminiscent of those tales where soldier unexpectedly contact one another and a fight breaks out . . . leading to a more major engagement with strategic consequences.
I particularly enjoyed learning about the background of the people before the battle and what happened to them after the war was over.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is written well and a good read. I especially appreciate the clarity in the descriptions of what battle confusion looks and feels like. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ken Coumerilh
This is an interesting description of an historic event!The title is misleading;how could it change the course of the war,when it's importance was not recognized until long... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Raw but not crass. Unglorifying. Seemed balanced and without agenda. Interesting history and insight into how friendly-fire incidents can happen.Published on January 26, 2014 by JD
Absolutely terrible. This excessively dramatic account is little more than a pathetic plea for the author's own recognition. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Vet220
I am very leery of books with titles like "the battle that changed the course blah blah blah" because so often it adds up to melodrama hyperbole for the book cover. Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by Nathan Webster
I think this is great book but only the hard cover like this one because my friends and I are on the cover, that was a great pic the day after the battlePublished on November 17, 2010 by Doc Y
This is a breakout book for a Marine officer with an amazing ability to write - This is a story about a battle virtually no one ever heard about, yet author Dave Morris does an... Read morePublished on August 30, 2006 by Andrew Lubin
I bought this book almost a year ago, but wasn't sure if I was ready to read it. I was at Al Kibrit with 8th Eng. during the battle and watched the fireworks coming from OP 4. Read morePublished on May 22, 2006 by T Ross