Desert Storm Art

Desert Storm Combat Art by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Attack Up The Wadi

AH-64A Apache Helicopter Attack/feint up the Wadi Al Batin into Iraq

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas

Original 40"x 40" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
found in Collection of U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.

 Background:    
At 0030 hours (12:30 AM) Saturday, 23 February 1991, Lieutenant Colonel Terry W. Branham's 2/6 Cavalry AH-64A Apache Helicopter Squadron received the order to attack/feint, up the Wadi Al Batin. This initiated Operation Desert Storm and fooled the Iraqi army into believing the misinformation broadcast, unknowingly, by CNN News...that our main effort would be up the Wadi separating Kuwait from Iraq.

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Baghdad Express

Special Operations Assault into Iraq

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 36"x 54" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
found in Collection of U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.

 Background:
    Special Operations/Delta Force commando teams were used extensively in the days before and during Operation Desert Storm.   They performed small team assaults into Iraq and Iraqi occupied Kuwait, to eliminate high priority targets, etc.   The Special Operations helicopters were heavily equipped with electronics designed to jam enemy radar, thereby, making our aircraft invisible in the night sky. 

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Desert Storm

M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks in the Attack

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 36"x 62" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
found in Collection of U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.

 Background Information:
    The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank: "Whispering Death" is one of a number of nicknames given it by U.S. troops. Its quiet, powerful jet turbine engine allows it to approach to within a mile of its intended target without being heard.....by that time its 120mm gun could have long since taken out the enemy tank. Whatever name you use, the M1 Abrams is unquestionably the world's best main battle tank.

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Cutting The Basra Highway

1/4 Horse Cavalry Attacks the Retreating Iraqi Army

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 36"x 54" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
found in Collection of U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.

 Background:
    On 24 February 1991 (G-Day) Lieutenant Colonel Bob Wilson commanded the U.S. Army's 1/4 CAV (Headquarters, 1ST Squadron, 4th Cavalry) into combat in Operation Desert Storm. Known since the Civil War as the "Quarter-Horse" Cav, the squadron consisted of Headquarters Troop, Troop A, Troop B, Troop C & Troop D (approximately 600 men).

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Up The Wadi Al Batin

2/6 Cavalry Helicopter Squadron Initiates Operation Desert Storm

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 30" x 40" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
Found in Artist's Collection - On Loan to the American Legion

 Background:
    At 0030 hours (12:30 AM) Saturday, 23 February 1991, Lieutenant Colonel Terry W. Branham's 2/6 Cavalry AH-64A Apache Helicopter Squadron received the order to attack/feint, up the Wadi Al Batin. This initiated Operation Desert Storm and fooled the Iraqi army into believing the misinformation broadcast, unknowingly, by CNN News...that our main effort would be up the Wadi separating Kuwait from Iraq.

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Thunder In The Desert

Arkansas National Guard 142 Bde Firing in Desert Storm

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 30" x 40" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
Found in Collection of the Arkansas National Guard Museum, North Little Rock, Arkansas

 Background:
    When the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade (142 FA Bde) deployed to the Persian Gulf in the winter of 1990, it was armed with 8-inch Self-Propelled (SP) Howitzers. designated as the US Army model M110. The aging 8-inch howitzer was still one of the most accurate artillery weapons systems in the US Army¹s arsenal. It was capable of firing a 200 pound High Explosive (HE) projectile to a maximum range of 16,800 meters (10 miles). Its best known feature was its ability to hit "Point Targets" with consistent round after round accuracy.

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Steel Rain

Oklahoma National Guard Firing in Desert Storm 

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 30" x 40" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
Found in Collection of the United States National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

 Background:
    Six Army National Guard field artillery battalions supported the Allied ground offensive into Iraq. One of these, the 1st Battalion, 158 Field Artillery, Oklahoma Army National Guard, was armed with our newest field artillery weapon, the Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS). It fires with pinpoint accuracy out to distances beyond fifty miles.

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Desperate Extraction

North of the Euphrates, Two Days Before the War

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 48 x 72" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
Found in Collection Artist's Collection, Holden, Utah

 Background:
    Their commando operation gone awry, this nine man Special Forces team, under command of Captain Jim Thompson, bolts for the safety of two Army UH-60 helicopters. Their highly dangerous secret spy mission had taken them into the Iraqi desert southwest of Baghdad.

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Artillery Raid

M198 Howitzers Conduct an Air Assault-Artillery Raid

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas

Original 24" x 36" Acrylic/Canvas Painting...found in Collection of SFC Craig Larsen, Ephraim, Utah/Painting currently in possession of 145th Field Artillery Battalion, Utah National Guard, Camp W.G. Williams, Utah

Background:
"The artillery raid is the rapid movement of artillery assets by air or ground into a position to attack a high-priority target with artillery fires." (para F-8, FM 6-50) Detailed planning, surprise, and speed in execution are key factors in the conduct of an artillery raid.

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