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.

Arkansas' 142 FA Bde, with its attached Oklahoma National Guard 1-158 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Battalion was the only National Guard unit to actually fire in combat in Desert Storm. This scene shows the 2/142nd Field Artillery firing across the border into Iraq during a "prep" (a devastating preparation) of the battlefield only minutes before M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles of the First Infantry Division (mech) breached Iraqi lines and precipitated "Operation Desert Storm."
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