The French forces involved in the operations are 19,000 men and women, 60 aircraft, 130 helicopters and 15 ships. The 40 AMX-30 and 100 AMX-10RC tanks, ERC-90 Sagaie, 600 VAB and VBL built by Panhard and SAVIEM are part of the French force. This assembly of land forces is grouped in the form of a Joint Division called "Daguet".
On 23rd February, the ground phase of "Desert Storm" began. The Daguet division was at the head of the 18th US Corps, whose mission was to "envelop" the Iraqi forces by attacking widely in northern Kuwait. The advance to As-Salman airport was so rapid that it was sometimes referred to as a "wild ride".