From The Publisher: Mar. 4, 1991

Anyone with friends or relatives serving in the gulf anxiously awaits word of how they are holding up in the desert under wartime conditions. Journalists are no exception. Letters home are treasured because they often contain the most candid pictures of life in the field. At TIME we have received several heartfelt missives from our colleagues stationed in the gulf, including correspondent Dick Thompson and photographer Christopher Morris. Both men are working in "pools," small groups of journalists who travel with and report on combat units operating near the Saudi borders with Kuwait and Iraq.

Thompson, who in peacetime covers the...

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