Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 1990–1991
Pen And Sword Press
By Anthony A. Evans
This slim paperback is not chock full of color photos like some books are, but the photos in the book do show an interesting view of the uniforms and gear used by the U. S. Army during the Gulf War. There are many photos in the book but they are mostly in black and white.
This is just one book in a series that presents the uniforms and equipment of the United States Army from the 1800s to today. The book begins with a short summary of the Gulf War, and then its into the photos, which are accompanied by informative captions. I’m not sure if these photos have been published elsewhere, but they do show a lot of military weapons in use and being setup by soldiers.
The book has lots of photos of tanks, helicopters, mortars, missile systems, artillery and amphibious vehicles and even one motorcycle up close and personal. Views of how weapons are set up and the ammunition they use is useful for modelers wanting to get the details just right. Explanations of what’s going on in the photos is succinct but useful.
Likewise, the book describes the uniforms used at the time and explains them well. For example, not all troops wore the “chocolate chip” camo uniforms. A photo showing some U.S. soldiers wearing standard woodland BDUs in northern Iraq explains that the climate is more temperate there than in the south of the country, thus the use of different uniforms.
Besides those two types of photos, there are many just showing the soldiers doing the usual stuff, such as training, relaxing, maintaining weapons, eating, interacting with civilians and so forth. These are important because they give a face to all the machines and equipment shown. They show the men and women who maintained all the equipment and
Definitely useful for the modeler interested in the Gulf War, this book can suggest ideas for dioramas, how to pose figures and an overall views of the action on the ground and all the work needed to make the operation possible.