Privately Printed, Dubai, 1st.ed., 1991. 58 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs (chiefly cold.) D.j., 30 x 22cm. FINE. Operation Desert Shield took place some 20 years ago and the Royal Navy played its full part in the campaign which was sparked off by Saddam Hussein's forces invading Kuwait on the 2nd August 1990. British ships were already on station and others were sent to join them together with allied coalition forces. Nineteen warships and RFAs were in position when hostilities began on the 17th January 1991 and this eventually ended with Saddam's humiliating defeat and withdrawal from the country he had illegally occupied. This book was published in Dubai shortly after the conflict was over and was designed for naval personnel who had taken part. The book is profusely illustrated and shows the pre-war training preparations, the fighting itself, ships of the Task Force, mine warfare, shore bombardment, the Iraqi firing of Kuwait's oilfields as their army retreated, the ceasefire, post-war operations, the Navy's arrival in Kuwait, the work of the RFA, and the return home of the Task Force. The book chiefly appears in card covers ; this is a copy of the hard-back edition. THE ROYAL NAVY'S RECORD OF ITS CONTRIBUTION TO OPERATION DESERT SHIELD IN 1990-1991. HARD-BACK EDITION.