At dawn on February 4th, 1991, one of the most powerful forces in the history of warfare opened up against the world's 4th largest army. Behind a thunderous artillery barrage, 700,000 Coalition troops surged forward to attack more than half a million Iraqi soldiers deeply entrenched in Kuwait. This is the insider's view of the Persian Gulf War which examines the military tactics, the political alliances and the technology that brought victory for the Allied forces. Despite a quick and decisive outcome against Saddam Hussein's army, success was by no means a certainty when the fighting began. The programme presents the United States as a gambler with an untried system who went into a winner-take-all game against a most difficult opponent. Using the testimony of many high ranking American officers who were involved in the conflict, we tell the complete story of the first real test of America's new military. Through their remarkable stories, an intimate portrait of the war emerges, much different from the sanitised version the world saw nightly on CNN. Trace the progress of Operation Desert Storm through stunning combat footage and discover how the lessons learned in Iraq reshaped the American military forever.