Battle of 73 Easting. Described as "the last great tank battle of the 20th century," this decisive, Feb 1991, battle of Operation Desert Storm was named after a map coordinate. Four squadrons of the US Second Armored Cavalry Regiment fought elements of two Iraqi armored brigades. US forces were outnumbered, but had better equipment, training, and access to air and artillery support. The four cavalry troops destroyed 160 tanks and 180 APCs for the loss of one Bradley IFV (lost to friendly…
The Battle of 73 Easting, Iraq, 26th February 1991- by David Pentland
TIL "the last great tank battle of the 20th century" took place in the middle of nowhere in the Iraqi desert. Since there were no nearby towns or landmarks the Battle of 73 Easting had to be named after its map coordinates.
A decisive victory for the American and British forces in their Desert Storm operation in Iraq, the Battle of 73 Easting refers to the conflict that took place on the north-south line of coordinates on the military map. In a truly devastating show of strength from the Coalition, the Iraqi forces were overwhelmed and overcome. During the battle — one of the most studied in modern history — the Iraqis lost over 160 tanks to the Americans February 27, 1991