100 Hours in 100 objects: The 1st Infantry Division in Desert Storm

On display in the First Division Museum lobby from September through December.

In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait in a dispute over oil production. From January 17 – February 28, 1991 Operation Desert Storm was the battle campaign against the Iraqi army. The United States along with 34 other countries began the campaign with five weeks of aerial and naval bombardments, which was followed by the “100-hour ground war”.

The 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) deployed over 12,000 troops. On February 24, 1991, the Big Red One was the spearhead that pierced the Iraqi defenses. In 100 hours of ground combat, the Division destroyed more than 500 tanks and captured more than 11,400 Iraqi prisoners or war.

This exhibit highlights 100 artifacts from the museum’s collection that were used, captured, or brought back by 1st Infantry Division soldiers during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.