Horse shit, not everything was planed to fail that failed, retarded and non existent discipline among soldiers is one of the reasons of the constant fuck ups. They certainly did not plan to get over 100 abrams wrecked or over 20 Apaches wrecked not to mention the actual death/destruction count of all tanks and helicopters and what not. Despite fighting such an easy war with no problems involved. Flat desert is a dessert.
I searched for several years about the real scale of US losses. But now for evident geopolitical reasons it is classified. The losses -in 1991- must be far higher than announced. Nevertheless US had benefited real strategic errors of Saddam Hussayn and its staff. This is the most explanation of US success. Iraqi soldiers wanted to resist, but iraqi's high officials did not want.
We could notice from US DoD a certain toast of humour listen :
A total of 23 M1A1s were damaged or destroyed during the war. Of the nine Abrams tanks destroyed, seven were destroyed by friendly fire, and two were purposely destroyed to prevent capture after being damaged. Some others took minor combat damage, with little effect on their operational readiness. Very few M1 tanks were hit by enemy fire, which resulted in no fatalities and only a handful of wounded.
Best than Jerry Lewis's Joke!
Battle of Phase Line Bullet -involving several hundreds of US tanks, beside several hundreds of IFV Bradley-
Another Bradley (A-36) was first disabled by a 12.7 mm round from an NSVT heavy machine gun...
Hummm interresting news, a simple 12.7 could at least
disable an IFV like the Bradley...but just three IFV
? Only three
? There were several hundreds, if not more than thousand others were taking part in the combat....
Yes, but impossible is not american
The contact lasted for about two hours, until the Bradleys, battered by enemy and friendly fire and running out of ammunition, were forced to withdraw.
Two hours only ? the cow boys retreated ? Battle with several hundreds of tanks ? Where were the A-10 ? AH-64 ? F-15 E ? well let's continue...
The losses -amercan hollywood happy end version-
4 Bradley IFVs destroyed and 10 damaged 2 killed 12 wounded...
Obviously, there were all destroyed by this damn of "Friendly fire".
If I remember, in porn convention they have the same expression meaning....But in this case it came from US DoD.
We can't expect Iraqi army to stand against the combined arms of U.S. and some other European countries.
Not to mentioned that most of Iraqi weapons were old stuffs, and Iraqi troops morale/training were not extremely good.
In my view, the M1 Abrams is not a bad tank, but it suffers as most the US hardware by an excessive hype. The M1 Abrams could be compared with the T-72, T-80, T-90, Leopard A2, Challenger. But it is not better. A T-62, or even a T-55 -modernized- could destroy an M1. In my view the M1 has the same problem as the F-15, F-16, F-35, F-22, this hardware in order to win must be engaged in outnumber way in order to win. I suspect RPG and Sagger took a toll of US M1, and Saudi, egyptian M-60 in Iraq. In 1991, there were no battles in Kuwait
, there were a simple massacre of iraqi soldiers retreating called as "Batlles"
, except Phase Line Battle where some Iraqi divisions were not in position of retreating, as you can see US could no longer sustain their high losses. But this kind of behaviour, is like a joker, U could use just once.
The battle of Falludjah in 2004 took the first prelude of western rout. 2006 Israelis tanks Merkava IV were decimated -at least 100- by simple anti tank tactics of a mere militia. Sure, the next is following.