I turned 17 the day it kicked off. I remember just about heading for bed at half-eleven, pissed on homebrew, when the TV stations all started reporting the start of the air war.
To think you were the same age and actually getting ready to roll over the border into a war zone. Crazy stuff.
The night I remember for the Biggest Bestest Fireworks Display EVER didn't happen till another few weeks from now... around midnight on 25 Feb I think..... absolute 'can't see your hand in front of your face' sort of pitch black and we were set up in front of Objective Zinc... and then the sky is lit up left and right... rocket after rocket after rocket as the MLRS Batteries let rip, with M109s and M110s banging away just to add to the fun... and just the best firepower display to witness... you must have been having fun @dontenn .... Over 30 minutes of fireworks... and then.... Republican Guard gone.... must be wiped out after that... Grid square removed... well done MLRS boys, let's grab some rapid shuteye and replen... but for what seemed like minutes later at around 3am it was "Stand To! Stand To!" and a "wtf?" moment as I scrabbled in the utter darkness to find a shell scrape... After all those fireworks and now WE were being attackedt?... 25 Iraqi armour headed our way which soon turned to around 50 and a few hours of tank battle ensued with QRIH intercepting... let me tell you that a shell scrape was the last place you want to be in utter darkness while our armour is returning fire and moving around at speed... back to my 432 as soon as I could make out where it was in the darkness..That was some night wasn't it, I was a Sgt Launcher Commander on MLRS.. We MLRS and 8 inch ( 32 Regt ) put some awesome fire power down the range. Memories eh... would not like to be on the receiving end.
Not wrong... and all things considered it was a bit of a walk in the park in hindsight compared to anything that came after in Afghan or the next rumbling in Basra that came up a few years later... Glad I was out by then....