End of Gulf War

February 25, 2019

On 28 February 1991, the US declared a ceasefire and victory to end the First Iraq/Gulf War after most Iraqi forces had either fled Kuwait or surrendered to the International Coalition, of which Australian forces played an important part throughout.

After 43 days, the multinational force of 40,000 troops from more than 30 countries, led by the US, had defeated Saddam Hussein’s forces and liberated Kuwait – which Saddam invaded and annexed on 2 August 1990.

From August 1990 to September 1991, over 1,800 Australian Defence personnel were deployed in the war. Whilst centred on key naval duties in the Persian Gulf, our force also comprised Army and RAAF units (in operations named Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Desert Farewell).

Thankfully, none of our personnel were killed or injured although many did (and still) suffer from Gulf War illness. (Although estimates vary, around 300 International Coalition troops were killed in the conflict compared with over 20,000 Iraqi troops.)

A welcome home march in Sydney for Gulf War veterans was held in August 1991.

Commemorate the end of the First Iraq/Gulf War by:

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