One of the dozens of Eaglehorse vehicles destroyed
in the fire and explosions that occurred at the 2/11
ACR motor pool in Doha, Kuwait on 11 July, 1991.
New York Times
19 May 1991
U.S. Planning to Send a Brigade to Kuwait
WASHINGTON - May 18 - The United States agreed this week
to a request from Kuwait to send a brigade of 3, 700
armored troops there from Europe to help maintain order
while Kuwaiti forces regroup in the aftermath of the
Persian Gulf War, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said
Mr. Cheney said the forces, elements of the 11th Armored
Cavalry based in Fulda Germany would arrive in Kuwait by
mid June and would remain until Sept 1. They will
replace members of the United States Marines and Third
Armored Division who are in the process of being
"The situation in Kuwait is still very unstable," Mr.
Cheney said on the Evans and Novak program televised on
Cable News Network. "They've not really been able to
reconstitute their own forces. They are necessarily
nervous, given what happened to them just last August."
Mr. Cheney emphasized that the move was temporary and
said: "It is our objective to get them out as quickly as
possible. And the president's made it clear we don't
want a permanent long - lasting ground presence in the
New York Times
12 July 1991
56 Soldiers hurt in Kuwait Blast
KUWAIT CITY, July 11 ( AP ) - An explosion ripped
through a United States ammunition depot today showering
soldiers with shrapnel. At least 50 Americans and six
Britons were wounded, officials said.
The military Central Command in Tampa, Fla., said
injuries ranged from minor cuts to severe shrapnel
The chain reaction of explosions at the Blackhorse Camp
at Doha, about 12 miles west of Kuwait City, apparently
began with an electrical fire on a truck carrying 155 -
mm howitzer shells, military officials said. The
American Embassy issued a statement ruling out sabotage.
The American and British military and United Nations
forces have bases near Doha. The explosion incinerated
the nearby vehicles and tore the roof off the British
headquarters building. The walls of several warehouses
used as barracks for American and British soldiers were
riddled with holes.
An American military spokeswoman said about two thirds
of the 3, 700 troops of the 11th Armored Cavalry
Regiment stationed at Blackhorse were on desert
maneuvers when the explosion occurred. Full casualty
figures were not immediately available, but the Central
Command in Tampa, Fla. said at least 50 American
soldiers were hurt. Doctors at al Sabah Hospital said
one American soldier suffered serious brain damage when
shrapnel shattered his skull and that he was not
expected to live. Three others underwent surgery for
Six British soldiers from the nearby St. George Lions
Camp were slightly wounded and were not hospitalized, a
Defense Ministry spokesman in London said.
New York Times
24 July 1991
3 G.I.'s Killed in Explosion Near a U. S. Camp in Kuwait
Manama, Bahrain, July 23 ( AP ) - Three American
soldiers died today in an accidental explosion near the
United Sates military camp at Doha, Kuwait, the United
States military said.
The soldiers were clearing ammunition remaining from a
fire and explosion that occurred at the camp on July 11
when some of the ammunition detonated, said a statement
from the Joint Information Bureau in Dhahran, Saudi
The names of the soldiers were being withheld until
three relatives could be notified.
"While the cause of the accident has not been
determined, we know it was not due to hostile action or
sabotage," the statement said.
The train up, deployment, activities in Kuwait and
subsequent return to Germany of the Eaglehorse
Squadron are big stories and they deserve to be told in
first hand accounts of the men who were there. So far,
only one trooper has volunteered a recollection and we
are grateful for his willingness to assist the web site.
We are, however, holding off on the narrative until at
least a few other troopers show an interest in recalling
those days in 1991. We also have very few images, less
than five, related to Kuwait in the data base. It's your
story, you guys should tell it.
What we currently offer are links specific to the Doha
explosion and fire, featuring highly detailed accounts
and images that help bring that day to life. None of the
sites are specifically concerned with the 2/11 ACR,
rather, they focus on the investigation into the fire,
explosions and then recovery efforts that occurred in
the Eaglehorse motor pool.
A factual report of the explosion, fires and clean up
efforts with photos and diagrams:
An officer assigned to the clean up recalls his exposure
to DU residue: