Hi Drew, Interesting question. I was in the first Gulf War, attached of all units to an air defence regt. Most of the time we didn't have maps and therefore had to follow the Wksp EME, who had the map and later the only GPS for all the REME (I'm not going into the officers and maps thing here). On the eve of the allied attack into Iraq, for the sweep to the North of Kuwait to cut the route along the Mutla ridge back to Iraq, we were called into a breifing. First a large scale map of the operational area was put, with all of the allied units drawn up facing North in a proud stance for freedom. Then the ops offr started to draw on the the Iraqi forces. Remember at this point we did not know how much or how good the 3rd largest army in the world was. So we shat ourselves, having just seen 9 and a half division drawn up against the valiant 1(UK) Armoured Divison, which actually was only 2 tank and one arm'd inf Bn! as that's all we could muster from the whole of Germany and Britain!!!!!! Most of our news came from our wives and families back in BAOR and UK, certainly the whiskey in the shampoo bottles did! Nothing like a shower each day to wash off the dust of the day!!!!!! The short of it was info was scarce and what we didn't know someone usually made up.