24 February 2011

20 years after the 73rd Easting

During the Persian Gulf War, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment was the lead unit of the VII Corps as it penetrated into Iraq and searched for five Divisions of the Iraqi Republican Guards just west of Kuwait.

At 1pm on 25 February 1991, in very bad weather and without air support, they found one, the Tawakalna ala-Allah Division......and the Battle of the 73rd Easting began.

The 2nd Cavalry was the only unit that found itself decisively outnumbered and out-gunned in the Gulf War, but nonetheless fought its way to a decisive victory. Over the course of 6 hours, the Regiment destroyed 85 tanks, 40 armored personnel carriers, and more than 30 wheeled vehicles.

The Republican Guards were now fixed for attacks from the rest of the VII Corps including another decisive battle on Feb 27 at Medina Ridge.

For its actions, the 2nd Armored Cavalry received the Valorous Unit Award.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Proud of you my dear. xoxox