Before the invasion our job was to jump into Baghdad international airport, with 1/75, 2/75 and C Squadron SFOD-D. That mission was changed after the supply chain was being targeted and these soldiers were not able to move north with needed supplies to keep 3rd ID rolling. Also at the same time, 5th corps was going to cross the Euphrates river. This action was the historical signal of the attack on Baghdad to the iraqi army. With the U.S. Marines flatting Iraq with lead, steel and explosives to the east and crossed the Euphrates river earlier. 5th Corps wanted to attack bridge heads on the Euphrates river at five locations at the same time to prevent the Iraqi army from knowing where the main effort was coming from. One of these efforts was the Battle of Samawah that I was lucky enough to be in as a young E6. This Wikipedia post is not even close to being 70% accurate. But it gives you a idea of what the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Div did in late March into April 2003. It was a hell of a fight and the equivalent of 1500 paratroopers taking down a city the size of Cary , or Wilmington or High Point. Just to give you a retaliative value to the effort. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Samawah_(2003) Here is my picture file of the battle.