Operation Desert Storm
In August 1990 Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait. The UN Security Council ordered sanctions against Iraq and allied forces were deployed to Saudi Arabia. On 12th December the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, travelled from Germany to the Gulf. The 3rd Battalion Battle Group advanced into Iraq in February 1991 at the start of the ground war.
The ground war was short and sharp and the 3rd Fusiliers played a full part. Sadly, the Battalion sustained serious casualties including 9 killed when two Warrior armoured vehicles were destroyed by 'friendly fire'.
The Fusiliers' efforts were recognised by the award of two Battle Honours, 'Gulf 1991' and 'Wadi al batin'.