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Gulf War Collection

The Gulf War, a defining moment in modern history, left an indelible mark on the world

Background imageGulf War Collection: American M1 Abrams army tank with soldier in the hatch by machine gun

American M1 Abrams army tank with soldier in the hatch by machine gun

Background imageGulf War Collection: US Air Force F16 at Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia, September 1990

US Air Force F16 at Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia, September 1990, Operation Desert Shield

Background imageGulf War Collection: Wrens pictured as they join the HMS Brilliant for war duty. 8th October 1990

Wrens pictured as they join the HMS Brilliant for war duty. 8th October 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: Tel Aviv, Israel, scene of destruction after Scud Missile attack by Iraq, January 1991

Tel Aviv, Israel, scene of destruction after Scud Missile attack by Iraq, January 1991

Background imageGulf War Collection: Pioneer RQ-2A UAV, 1985. Creator: Pioneer UAV Inc

Pioneer RQ-2A UAV, 1985. Creator: Pioneer UAV Inc
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; Single engine; Pusher propeller; Twin tailbooms and rudders; Fixed tricycle undercarriage; Sensor package; Rocket assisted takeoff bottle included; Wings, tailbooms

Background imageGulf War Collection: Operation Desert Shield, US Military forces at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, August 1990

Operation Desert Shield, US Military forces at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, August 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: US Military forces at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, August 1990

US Military forces at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, August 1990. Operation Desert Shield, Military Airlift Command

Background imageGulf War Collection: US Military Airlift Command, Operation Desert Shield, American forces at Dhahran Airbase

US Military Airlift Command, Operation Desert Shield, American forces at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, August 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: Tel Aviv Skyline, Israel on high alert with expectation of further Scud Missile attacks

Tel Aviv Skyline, Israel on high alert with expectation of further Scud Missile attacks by Iraq, January 1991

Background imageGulf War Collection: Operation Desert Shield, US Military forcesin the Middle East, August 1990

Operation Desert Shield, US Military forcesin the Middle East, August 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: Operation Desert Shield, US Military forces at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, August 1990

Operation Desert Shield, US Military forces at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, August 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: Saudi Arabian Patrol at border with Kuwait, September 1990

Saudi Arabian Patrol at border with Kuwait, September 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of United States Central Command

General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of United States Central Command, Operation Desert Shield, news press conference, Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, September 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: US Military Forces, Tank Killer Attack Helicopter at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia

US Military Forces, Tank Killer Attack Helicopter at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, September 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: US Military Forces, Surveillance Camera Helicopter at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia

US Military Forces, Surveillance Camera Helicopter at Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia, September 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: British soldier wearing chemical warfare suit August 1990 at RAF Coltishall

British soldier wearing chemical warfare suit August 1990 at RAF Coltishall, of the type used in the Gulf War

Background imageGulf War Collection: Father Christmas arriving by a Tornado F3 fighter in the Gulf December 1990

Father Christmas arriving by a Tornado F3 fighter in the Gulf December 1990

Background imageGulf War Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20096288

EyeUbiquitous_20096288
IRELAND, North, Belfast, West, Falls Road, Political murals painted on walls of the Lower Falls Road area epicting former US President George Bush Junior sucking oil out of the Middle East

Background imageGulf War Collection: HMS Gloucester a type 42 destroyer prepares for Gulf during crisis with Iraq

HMS Gloucester a type 42 destroyer prepares for Gulf during crisis with Iraq

Background imageGulf War Collection: Front cover of La Vie, Febuary 1991

Front cover of La Vie, Febuary 1991. The cover shows Pope John Paul II at the time of the First Gulf War. Rights information: Cleared for Editorial Use Only

Background imageGulf War Collection: Front cover of Paris Match, Febuary 1991

Front cover of Paris Match, Febuary 1991. Paris Match is a French weekly magazine. The cover shows US President George Bush at the time of the First Gulf War

Background imageGulf War Collection: Front cover of Le Nouvel Observateur, Febuary 1991

Front cover of Le Nouvel Observateur, Febuary 1991. The cover shows Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at the time of the First Gulf War and a feature reporting the role of women in the conflict

Background imageGulf War Collection: Front cover of Le Point, Febuary 1991

Front cover of Le Point, Febuary 1991. Le Point is a French weekly news magazine. The cover shows Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at the time of the First Gulf War

Background imageGulf War Collection: Front cover of Le Monde, Febuary 1991

Front cover of Le Monde, Febuary 1991. Le Monde (The World) is a French daily evening newspaper. The cover shows Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at the time of the First Gulf War

Background imageGulf War Collection: Front cover of Jeune Afrique, 1991

Front cover of Jeune Afrique, 1991. Jeune Afrique is a newsweekly published in Paris, founded by Bechir Ben Yahmed in Tunis on the October 17th 1960

Background imageGulf War Collection: Front cover of Jeune Afrique, 1990

Front cover of Jeune Afrique, 1990. Jeune Afrique is a newsweekly published in Paris, founded by Bechir Ben Yahmed in Tunis on the October 17th 1960

Background imageGulf War Collection: An SH-3H Sea King helicopter prepares to land on USS Saratoga

An SH-3H Sea King helicopter prepares to land on USS Saratoga
An SH-3H Sea King helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 3 (HS-3) lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) during Operation Desert Shield

Background imageGulf War Collection: An A-7 Corsair II in flight during Operation Desert Storm

An A-7 Corsair II in flight during Operation Desert Storm
An A-7 Corsair II attack aircraft in flight during Operation Desert Storm

Background imageGulf War Collection: Soldiers set up a security outpost during Operation Desert Storm

Soldiers set up a security outpost during Operation Desert Storm
Soldiers set up security at an outpost during Operation Desert Storm

Background imageGulf War Collection: F / A-18C Hornet aircraft fly in formation during Operation Desert Shield

F / A-18C Hornet aircraft fly in formation during Operation Desert Shield
U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet strike-fighter aircraft from Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 212 (VMFA-212), Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Base, Hawaii, fly in formation during Operation Desert Shield

Background imageGulf War Collection: Tents cover the mountainside in the Kurdish refugee camp of Yekmel

Tents cover the mountainside in the Kurdish refugee camp of Yekmel. Refugees are being transported from Yekmel to a newly established camp at Zakhu during Operation Provide Comfort

Background imageGulf War Collection: A coalition bombing of aircraft hangers during Operation Desert Storm

A coalition bombing of aircraft hangers during Operation Desert Storm
Two reinforced concrete aircraft hangars at the Ahmed Al Jaber Airfield show the results of a coalition bombing strike during Operation Desert Storm

Background imageGulf War Collection: Illustration of a Panavia Tornado GR1 with Gulf War markings

Illustration of a Panavia Tornado GR1 with Gulf War markings

Background imageGulf War Collection: Middle East, satellite image

Middle East, satellite image
Middle East, satellite photograph. North is at top. The Middle East subcontinent is the cultural and geographical region of countries that occupy the divide between Eurasia and North Africa



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The Gulf War, a defining moment in modern history, left an indelible mark on the world. As the American M1 Abrams army tank rolled through the desert with a soldier perched in the hatch, ready to defend and fight, it symbolized the strength and determination of those involved. Tel Aviv, once a vibrant city, became a scene of destruction after being targeted by Scud Missiles launched by Iraq in January 1991. The aftermath was devastating, leaving behind ruins that served as haunting reminders of war's destructive power. At Dhahran Air Base in Saudi Arabia, a US Air Force F16 stood tall and formidable against the backdrop of an arid landscape. It represented not only America's military might but also its commitment to protecting its allies during this tumultuous time. On October 8th, 1990, brave Wrens joined HMS Brilliant for war duty. These women exemplified courage and resilience as they stepped up to serve their country amidst chaos and uncertainty. Innovation played a crucial role during this conflict; one such example was the Pioneer RQ-2A UAV developed by Pioneer UAV Inc in 1985. This unmanned aerial vehicle provided valuable intelligence from above while minimizing risks for human pilots. As news spread across nations like wildfire through various media outlets, front covers captured attention worldwide. La Vie depicted gripping images that conveyed both horror and heroism simultaneously. Paris Match showcased powerful visuals that encapsulated the intensity experienced on all fronts during this period of unrest. Le Nouvel Observateur delved into thought-provoking analysis regarding political implications surrounding the Gulf War while Le Point offered comprehensive coverage highlighting key events shaping global affairs at that time. Le Monde presented readers with insightful articles shedding light on different perspectives surrounding this international crisis. Meanwhile Jeune Afrique focused on how African countries were impacted by these events - showcasing how far-reaching consequences can be felt even beyond regional borders.