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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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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