North to the Euphrates: Part 1. The Taking of FOB Cobra
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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On 24 February 1991, the 101st Airborne Division AASLT conducted the largest helicopter air assault in military history as it struck 90 kilometers inside Iraq with over 2,000 men. The Divisions assault established a Foward Operating Base FOB Cobra which supported the attack to sever Highway 8 in the Euphrates River Valley. My battalion was the lead battalion of the air assault and subsequently captured 375 prisoners in combat operations at FOB cobra. This study examines the air assault into Iraq along with other missions that the battalion conducted in Saudi Arabia and draws out lessons that could be used in future conflicts.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics