Kuwait oil fires 1991

Richard Hatteberg was one of the elite American firefighers flown into Kuwait in 1991 to put out the biggest oil fire in history.

The blazes had been started by Saddam Hussein as revenge for defeat in the Gulf War.

For Witness, Richard Hatteberg recalls the hellish conditions, the technical innovations and the fierce competitiveness that led to the fires being extinguished in less than a year.

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10 minutes

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Thu 21 Oct 2010 22:50 GMT

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