1st ed., 1994. Xii + 185 pp., 46 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The brevity of the ground war in the Gulf is well known, just 100 hours. By the end of the war, press reports of the massive numbers of Iraqi prisoners taken, and equipment destroyed, compared to our own losses, suggested that it was a walkover. In hindsight it would seem so; however, the experts', not to mention the media's estimates of the Iraqi's strength and capabilities, and the wild predictions of heavy casualties, are decidedly at odds with the outcome. This book tries to answer why. In telling the story of The Royal Scots Battle Group, the author reveals the remarkable single-mindedness and courage of the soldiers of Britain's present-day Army in the face of a numerically superior, well-equipped and well dug-in enemy, whose level of resistance could not be accurately assessed. The extent of The Royal Scots final preparations for war and potential is chilling. It is little wonder that they won, they left nothing to chance.