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USAHEC Educators' Toolbox: Post-Cold War and Desert Storm

USAHEC's source toolbox for educators

Desert Shield / Desert Storm (1990-1991)


Understanding the Persian Gulf War through Art

Grades: 6-8; 9-12

Historical Era: Post-Cold War and Desert Storm

Subject: U.S. History; World History

Introduction: This activator uses primary sources to introduce students to the experiences of Soldiers during the Persian Gulf War. Viewing artworks, such as those produced by Sergeant First Class (SFC) Peter G. Varisano during his time as a combat artist with the U.S. Army in Operation Desert Shield, provides students with a different picture of the conflict than is presented solely through textbooks, facts, and figures.

This activator can be used in conjunction with a unit on the post-Cold War era or be used to introduce the concept of using primary sources to understand historical events.

Short Vignettes for your Classroom

From 1979 through 1985, the Military History Institute (USAMHI) of the USAHEC drew submissions from students and scholars from within the MHI and from throughout the country to publish as Military History Vignettes. Each of these short stories is a well-researched look at a specific topic in military history and is perfect for small group readings and critical thinking discussion in the classroom.

To find additional Military History Vignettes that do not pertain to a specific era, click here.

Lectures at the USAHEC

The USAHEC has several lecture series covering all eras and topics in military and U.S. Army history.

"This Will Not Stand" Community Artwork Project

Rockets fired from a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) during Desert Storm

Soldiers in camp during Operation Desert Storm

Rockets being fired at enemy forces at night in the Iraqi desert

Mobile command posts were used in the Saudi and Iraqi deserts during the advance at the beginning of Desert Storm

Patrol in Bosnia passes a local farmer.

Aerial view of Camp Alicia in Bosnia, 1996

Post-Cold War Sources

covering from 1990 to 2001, with material from Desert Storm/Shield and Bosnia

Do you have a request for specific resources? Contact our Education Team and let us know!