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History Of Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion - Desert Storm 1991

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Is it possible that the reserve unit of farmers, plumbers, salesman, and college students, Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion, was the United States Marine Corps “Dream Team” during Desert Storm 1991… or possibly the “Dream Team” of all Wars?

1991 quote from Lt. Col. Steve Chambers USMC: “You are demonstrably the best tank company in the world.”

Consider the points below:

1.  At the time, Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion had a top notch training record and was chosen by the Marine Corps upper staff to use the brand new tank, the M1A1 Abrams, built by General Dynamics Land Systems.

2. General Dynamics Land Systems watched and filmed Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion’s M1A1 Abrams tank training exercises held at the Marine Corps Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Afterwards, a short film was created by General Dynamics Land Systems about Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion’s extraordinary efforts.

3. NETT members marvelled at the excellent gunnery skills and quick learning exhibited by Bravo Company. When NETT training ended with a formal graduation on Jan 13, 1991, there was a consensus among the NETT instructors that Bravo Company was the finest company they had trained, Army or Marine. Major Thaler, OIC of the NETT, emphasized the excellence of Bravo Company and sent a letter to General Keys of 2nd Marine Division noting that Bravo Company was the best he’d had to deal with. The Company itself was eager to prove themselves on the battlefield, so-called table 13.

4. On February 25th, 1991, Day 2 of the Desert Storm ground war, Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion was in a coil formation and awakened from a 25% watch to find 35 Iraqi Republican Guard tanks angling across their front, not realizing at the time that they were outnumbered 3-1. With their 13 M1A1 Abrams tanks, Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion moved online to take out the 35 Iraqi Republican Guard tanks in LESS THAN 90 seconds. This battle was named the “Reveille Engagement” and went on to be the Biggest and Fastest tank battle in United States Marine Corps history!

5. During the 100 hour war of Desert Storm, Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion is known for the most confirmed live kills, more than any Marine Corps combat unit in operation in Desert Storm. Further more as research continues, Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion is known to destroyed more armor than any other unit in the history of the Marine Corps with such a small force.

  • 59 – Iraqi Tanks
  • 35 – BMP’s, BTR’s, MTLB’s
  • 1 – ZSU-23-4
  • 24 – Trucks/Jeeps
  • For a total of 119 destroyed.
  • Over 800 Enemy POW’s who surrendered
  • Marine Corps Record Books – “Stepchild” has the longest confirmed live kill (Iraqi BMP) by a tank at 3,750 meters (2.33 miles).

6. Overall, Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion, with their 13 M1A1 Abrams tanks, spearheaded the 2nd Marine Division while attached to 1st Battalion 8th Marines.  They were unstoppable, taking out everything in their path, all the way to Kuwait City and not losing ONE MARINE!

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Below are links to many more books/stories and to Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion history not posted on this website. You will be amazed with what you read. Each story is told from a different point of view, but the real story comes from one of the 109 Marines that was actually there. (Some stories are PDF files and you may need to download them if you can’t view them in your browser)

VIDEO GAMES:

steel-panthers-modern-battles steel-bravo4 1996 Steel Panthers II: Modern Battles PC video game made by SSI features the “Reveille Engagement” battle honoring the Biggest and Fastest tank battle in United States Marine Corps history. This is a huge honor for Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion and fans can play the scenario in the video game to recreate on what happened on the morning of February 25th 1991.

FEATURED STORIES:

Sold-Fort-1991-1 Soldier Of Fortune Special Newsstand Edition Magazine – August 1991 called “SEMPER FATAL”

armor-1 Armor Magazine – September/October 1991 called “Bravo Company Goes To War”

abrams-company-sm Abrams Company No 28 1999 called “Desert Storm: Warning Order”

leatherneck-1991-cover-r Leatherneck Magazine 1991 called “Bravo into the Breach”

Cont-Mar-Cover-1-1 Continental Magazine – December/January 1991-1992 called “Washington Tank Unit Trades In Old M60′s for M1A1 Tanks”

 BOOKS:

9780595296699_p0_v1_s260x420 The Gulf War Chronicles: A Military History of the First War with Iraq

51X8NY7SMQL._SX300_ Marine Pride: A Salute to America’s Elite Fighting Force

United States Marine Corps Reserve Officers' Association United States Marine Corps Reserve Officers’ Association

 

STORY LINKS :

Wikipedia-l 4th Tank Battalion

Chicago Tribune News: Weekend Warriors` Prove Their Mettle 1991

Chicago Tribune News: Gunfire Lights Way To Kuwait City 1991

HISTORYnet.com: Persian Gulf War: U.S. Marines’ Minefield Assault

Secretary Of Defense Dick Cheney’s Story (From Official U.S. Marine Corps Web Site): History of the 4th Marine Division 1943-2000 – Page 96

More links will be added as the research continues for Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion.

 

 

 

 

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