Terra Alta in Preston County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
August 2, 1990 - February 28, 1991
The Iraqi Armed Forces had extensive experience of warfare. They had just brought an eight year war with Iran to a successful conclusion. The coalition troops on the other hand, were largely inexperienced. Britain had found the Falklands War with Marines and Paratroopers; this war was fought with tanks and mechanized infantry instead. The Syrians had fought within the last decade in Lebanon, but the 9th Division had not been involved. The US had wound down its involvement in Vietnam. Of the Gulf states, only Omani Army had anything approaching extensive combat experience.
One reason that the Iraqis' experience did them little good was that it was the wrong kind of experience. They had plenty of experience in fighting a positional war of wearing down Iran forces. Instead of helping, this was a positive disadvantage when fighting a mobile campaign; they would have been better off starting fresh without a lot of bad habits.
Of Iraq's 545,000 troops in the Kuwait theater of operations, about 100,000 are believed to have lost their lives. Of Iraq's 44 Army divisions, 42 were found to be combat ineffective.
Iraqi: 4,000 lost, 4230 on hand
Coalition: 4 lost, 3360 on hand
Iraqi: 2,140 lost, 3,110 on hand
Coalition: 1 lost, 3,633 on hand
Armored Personal Carriers:
Iraqi: 1,856 lost, 2,870 on hand
Coalition: 9 lost, 4,050 on hand
Iraqi: 7 lost, 160 on hand
Coalition: 17 lost, 1,959 on hand
Iraqi: 240 lost, 800 on hand
Coalition: 44 lost, 2,600 on hand
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm.
Location. 39° 26.59′ N, 79° 32.511′ W. Marker is in Terra Alta, West Virginia, in Preston County. Marker is on East State Avenue (West Virginia Route 7) just west of East High Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 E State Ave, Terra Alta WV 26764, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam War (here, next to this marker); Korean War (here, next to this marker); In Memory Of All American Veterans (here, next to this marker); World War II (here, next to this marker); World War I (a few steps from this marker); In Flander's Field by John McCrae / Buddy Poppy (within shouting distance of this marker); Everett Wayne "Budd" Sell (within shouting distance of this marker); Clifford Paul Kelly (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terra Alta.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.