This is a simple and easy to use lesson plan. Have your students watch the YouTube video and answer the questions. The video is from the great BBC/Military Channel series called 20th Century Battlefields. (Gulf War 1991) Watch the video for yourself at
If the site is ever taken down just type in "20th Century Battlefields Persian Gulf War" into YouTube and you will find the video.
This video focuses on the Gulf War of 1991 or Operation Desert Storm. The video also does an excellent job explaining the causes of the war and the technology used by the American military. The video does a great job of complimenting major educational concepts being taught in the classroom on the Persian Gulf War or the Middle East. Students will find the video interesting and engaging. From my perspective this is the best one hour student friendly documentary about the Persian Gulf War. With discussion and answering of questions in class this video worksheet will take at least an hour or more to complete. Twenty-five questions are on the worksheet and an answer sheet is included for the teacher. Finally you can always download the this video right to your computer hard drive by using http://keepvid.com/
Why was fighting in the desert so dangerous for a modern army?
Sand would get into everything.
How did the Iraq Army treat Kuwaitis?
Very brutally, Iraq often used torture.
What were Saddam Hussein’s elite troops called?
What was the American public afraid the war with Iraq would become?
The American public was afraid the war with Iraq would become another Vietnam.
What kinds of deadly weapons did Iraq have in 1990/1991? Did Saddam use
chemical weapons in the past?
Iraq had chemical weapons and had used them in the Iran-Iraq War against the Kurds.
How many coalition troops were waiting to liberate Kuwait?
750,000 coalition troops were waiting to liberate Kuwait.
What happened on January 17th, 1991?
The war started on January 17, 1991 with a massive air attack by the coalition.
What country did Iraq attack with Scud missiles on January 19th? Why?
Iraq attacked Israel with Scud missiles to try break up the coalition of Western and Arab nations.
How did the American military try to portray the war to the American media?
The American military try to portray the war as bloodless and video game like.
Why did Saddam order the oil wells in Kuwait blown up?
Saddam had them blown up because of the coalitions air attacks.
What were the two goals of the U.S. lead coalition during the ground war?
The two goals were to liberate Kuwait and destroy Iraq’s Republican Guard/major army units
How did the air war destroy the Iraqis Army’s will to fight?
Much of the Iraqi Army was badly hurt by the five week air war. The army was shell shocked and lacked food.
What advantages did American tanks have over Iraqi tanks?
American tanks could shoot accurately while moving and had longer range.
How did the “highway of death” change world perspectives on the war?
The “highway of death” made it look like America was causing unneeded causalities on Iraq or causing a massacre.
How long did Saddam Hussein rule after the Persian Gulf War?
Saddam stayed in power for another twelve years. Saddam was captured in 2003. 25. How did the fear of another “Vietnam” lead America to use technology to dominate future wars? Did the public fear of another Vietnam led to an incomplete victory in the Gulf War in 1991?