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Battle of 73 Easting, Gulf War simulation project papers
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: The Battle of 73 Easting, Gulf War : simulation project papers
    creator: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
    Identifier/Call Number: M1451
    Physical Description: 5 Linear Feet (3 cartons, 1 map folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1991-1993
    Abstract: Papers concerning the simulation of a tank battle in the 1991 Gulf War.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The simulation of this tank-on-tank engagement from the 1991 war against Iraq was run by the Institute for Defense Analyses and DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The product was a learning tool for current and future soldier training, as well as historical analysis. It became a model for further work in the same genre.
    H.R. McMaster, who later became National Security Advisor, fought in the battle commanding the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment's Eagle Troop and contributed to the simulation project.

    Biography / Administrative History

    In February 26, 1991, two days into Operation Desert Storm, the allied VII Corps had moved through southern Iraq towards the Kuwait border. The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment had an initial encounter with ten Iraqi tanks which were destroyed near longitudinal line 60 (Easting 60); they moved on until the bulk of the battle occurred at 73 Easting. The visibility was almost zero because of dust storms and nightfall. It was this battle which the simulation project portrayed.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Institute for Defense Analyses, 2004. Accession 2004-321.

    Preferred Citation

    The Battle of 73 Easting, Gulf War : papers concerning the simulation project, M1451. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Publication Rights

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.


    Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    National security -- United States.
    Military education -- United States.
    war -- Computer simulation.
    Persian Gulf War, 1991.
    war -- Simulation methods.
    War games.
    Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
    United States. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    McMaster, H. R., 1962-