The Iraqi Government reported that they found 41 bodies following the infamous "bulldozer assault". Even it had led to "tens of thousands" of Iraqi military deaths, such an assault would have been justified given the high risk to US forces in clearing the trenches by hand and the need to continue the Blitzkrieg-style assault that proved so successful in Gulf War One. The Iraqis were given ample opportunity to surrender.
From the PBS show Frontline:
One infamous incident during the war highlighted the question of large-scale Iraqi combat deaths. This was the `bulldozer assault' in which two brigades from the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized)--The Big Red One--used plows mounted on tanks and combat earthmovers to bury Iraqi soldiers defending the fortified "Saddam Line."
While approximately 2,000 of the troops surrendered, escaping burial, one newspaper story reported that the U.S. commanders estimated thousands of Iraqi soldiers had been buried alive during the two-day assault February 24-25, 1991.
However, like all other troop estimates made during the war, the estimated 8,000 Iraqi defenders was probably greatly inflated. While one commander thought the numbers might have been in the thousands, another reported his brigade buried between 80 and 250 Iraqis. After the war, the Iraqi government found 44 bodies.
Edited by Rafterman, 25 June 2013 - 08:31 PM.