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35th Infantry Division

In the early morning darkness of 25 February 1991, General McCaffrey put his 24th Division in motion toward its first major objective. To the surprise of all, the 24th Division took three major objectives and hundreds of men in only nineteen hours while meeting weak resistance from isolated pockets of Iraqi soldiers that were suspected as being from the 26th or 35th Infantry Divisions. By the end of the day XVIII Airborne Corps had advanced in all division sectors to take important objectives, establish a functioning forward operating base, place brigade size blocking forces in the Euphrates River valley, and capture thousands of prisoners of war-at a cost of two killed in action and two missing. The American 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) had taken three major objectives and hundreds of prisoners against weak resistance from the Iraqi 26th and 35th Infantry divisions.

Some sources place the 35th Infantry Division as part of the Second Line [tactical reserve] of the III Corps, deployed in the southern Kuwait-Saudi border-coast-Kuwait City area. However, none of the various published maps from Operation Desert Storm depict this division or its location.

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