Kuwait ground operation 1991
Again as I said previously in Kuwait, during the so-called "Liberation of Kuwait", or the supposed ground offensive, there were no battles -except at Phase Line Bullet, but it was in Iraq, and not in Kuwait-, it was mere massacre against retreating soldiers. During several weeks of bombardments, US coalition failed -as usual with Air Force- to destroy in a significative way Iraq army. In front of the growing frustration of US high command and the dangerous incoming stalemate, US high responsibles threatened to use nuclear weapons. Then President Saddam Hussein ordered its army to leave the Kuwait without taking the basic precautions against US. At the February 25, 1991 he ordered to this army not to stay the Kuwait. The "withdrawal order" was given. At this date this is the beginning of the so-called "Liberation of Kuwait". Iraqi army started its retreat, deactivating its very effective AAA. Fatal Error! US launched one of its coward, and barbaric slaughter against an army in retreating phase, unable to fight back. The massacre started by using USAF, with B-52 -read highway of death- F-111 began. After the F-15, F-18, F-16, and the A-10 had followed the bombers.
The rest that was not achieved by the air, was consummate by their "courageous gladiators" inside their M1 Abrams. However US found some unexpected resistance, and ...failed to overcome it.
Battle of Phase Line Bullet the likely scenario.
Americans expected to massacre easily in Iraq too. However, the order of Saddam Hussayn to leave the Kuwait was obeyed in Kuwait, but this order was not valid in Iraq. Iraqis were mostly equipped with T-55, and T-62 and T-72 and obviously the lethal anti tank missiles like AT-3 Sagger, AT-4 Spiggot, AT-5 Spandrel, and RPGs. Americans tried to engage believing a quick victory would be achieved. In front of the fierce resistance of Iraqis they decided to withdraw, and decline to continue, as the AAA were active, the USAF were completely ineffective. In this engagement several hundreds of M1 Abrams were engaged against an unknown number of iraqi tanks. During this engagement americans sent their saudis and egyptians allies to fight the iraqis. This other engagement cost several heavy losses to Iraqis, meanwhile an unknown number of egyptian, and saudis M-60 were destroyed too.
During this engagement several dozens of T-55, T-62, BMP and few T-72 were destroyed, meanwhile several dozens if not hundreds of US, saudis, egyptians tanks -M1, M-60- were destroyed.
It would be interresting to see the supposed-"Gladiator" M1 Abrams in Iraq against T-72, or even T-62. What might be the M1's fate ? Americans decline the fight, when they understood that the fight would be lethal for them. As usual!
As there were no fair battle of tanks it is impossible for me to fairly evaluate what is the real worth of the M1 Abrams. What could I say ? I know that the T-55 was far better than M-48. The T-62 better than the M-60. And T-72 vs M1 Abrams ? It is impossible to know, as this tank was never engaged in a true battle against a comparable tank, in a comparable conditions. Syrian T-62, and T-72 successfully destroyed several M-60 and Merkava in Lebanon's battle of Sultan Yakuub in 1982. It is noteworthy to say that the Merkava is a typical western tank, likely comparable, if not better than the M1 Abrams. However the T-62 smashed several Merkava. I said T-62, and not only the T-72. What would be the result with the T-72 against M1 Abrams ? I supposed -it is a mere assumption- during Phase Line Bullet's engagement T-72 as T-62 destroyed several M1 Abrams, by destroying I mean completly burnt.