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Published on Jun 10, 2009
The Battle of 73 Easting was a decisive tank battle fought on 26 February 1991, during the Gulf War, between the US VII Corps and the Iraqi Republican Guard. The battle took place about 50 miles (80 km) east of, and several hours after the Battle of Al Busayyah. It was named for a UTM north-south coordinate line (an "Easting", measured in kilometers and readable on GPS receivers) in the featureless desert that was used as a phase line to measure progress of the offensive.
The main U.S. unit in the battle was the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (2nd ACR), mainly a reconnaissance element of VII Corps. The corps's vanguard also included the American 3rd Armored Division (3rd AD) and 1st Infantry Division (1st ID), and the British 1st Armoured Division (1 AD).