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30th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War

28 February 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War. After Iraq invaded Kuwait, Canada joined a coalition of more than 35 countries to help liberate the small Gulf nation. More than 4,000 Canadians served in the Gulf War.

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Gulf War Learning Resources

Discover our ready-to-use learning activities for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. These resources can help them learn more about the Gulf War and the Canadians who served in the conflict.

They Proudly Served

They proudly served

Learn about the experiences of Canadian Veterans and their contributions to international peace, security and humanitarian efforts.

Join the Conversation

Join the conversation on social media by sharing your photos and videos, and by using #CanadaRemembers and #GulfWar30.

Canadian Veterans Reflect, 30 Years Later

On February 26, the Canadian War Museum will host a virtual panel discussion with three Canadian veterans who served in the Gulf War. Register now.

History of the Gulf War

As we mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War, you can learn more about the conflict on the pages below.

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Stage 1 – Tensions in the Persian Gulf

Following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, Canadian Armed Forces members soon deployed to the region. They joined the largest assembled international coalition of military forces since the Second World War.

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Stage 2 – The Coalition Offensive begins

After Iraq refused to withdraw from Kuwait, the Coalition forces began a massive air campaign, followed by a short and decisive ground campaign, to liberate Kuwait.

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Historical sheet – The Canadian Armed Forces in the Gulf War

A concise overview of the Gulf War and the efforts of Canadian service members in the Persian Gulf in 1990-1991.

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