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Brigadier General (BGEN) J. B. Dutton and Commanding Officer (CO) of the 3rd Commando Brigade, British Royal Marines (BRM), signs a 155mm howitzer round set to be the first field artillery round fired into Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Brigadier General (BGEN) J. B. Dutton and Commanding Officer (CO) of the 3rd Commando Brigade, British Royal Marines (BRM), signs a 155mm howitzer round set to be the first field artillery round fired into Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

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Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM

Base: Bubyan Island

Country: Kuwait (KWT)

Scene Major Command Shown: 15th MEU (SOC)

Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Matthew J. Decker, USMC

Release Status: Released to Public
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Iraq War aka Operation IRAQI FREEDOM was the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by U.S. Army General Tommy Franks, under the code-name "Operation Iraqi Freedom". 248,000 soldiers from the United States, 45,000 British soldiers, 2,000 Australian soldiers and 194 Polish soldiers from Special Forces unit GROM sent to Kuwait for the invasion. The invasion force was also supported by Iraqi Kurdish militia troops, estimated to number upwards of 70,000.

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20/03/2003
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The U.S. National Archives
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