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X-POST: TOC: Historical Reflections (Vol. 40, Issue 1) -War, Occupation and Empire in France and Germany

TOC: Historical Reflections (Vol. 40, Issue 1) -War, Occupation and Empire in France and Germany

by Young Lee

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques has been published by Berghahn Journals. This special issue is titled War, Occupation, and Empire in France and Germany.

Re: QUESTIONS RE: Performance of VII Corps in Desert Storm

I am inclined to agree with the analysis thus far. A weak understanding of true Iraqi capability, increased by a remarkably difficult logistics effort, compounded by Cold War operational thinking. In the end I feel the "Hail Mary" screen was too far west and wasted precious time and materials. Frank can be faulted, but not blamed.

Patrick R Jennings, PhD                                                                             American Battlefield Protection Program, USNPS

Re: QUESTIONS RE: Performance of VII Corps in Desert Storm

I do not think a one-division advance by VII Corps would have made a difference. The corps pretty much advanced as fast as it could and the lead ACR was pretty much moving without stopping until 73 Easting. The Iraqis were already retreating due to the "holding" attacks and the Air Force was pounding the highway of death. If one division or a corps had reached the stop line it probably wouldn't matter as Colin Powell was determined to stop the campaign when it looked like the Iraqis were getting pounded excessively. Given the overestimation of Iraqi abilities, it seems that a one division advance, particularly against the "elite" Republican Guard, would have been conducted very cautiously.

RE: Query: Performance of VII Corps in Desert Storm & New Questions

Dear Dr. McGrath,  

            That is all *awesome* info and thank you!   Yes, please do e-mail me the document you mentioned.  I’m at:   <srichey@fairpoint.net>   Thanks!  

Re: QUESTIONS RE: Performance of VII Corps in Desert Storm

Absolutely true about overestimating. I think this was an "inside the Beltway" problem, as too few IC analysts had operational military experience or much familiarity with the Iran-Iraq War.