This is an expansion to Gulf Strike, also by Victory Games. It was published in 1990, and updates Gulf Strike 2nd Edition with new scenarios, rules, and counters covering the 1st Gulf War. It comes with a 12 page Rule and Scenario booklet (with Saddam Hussain pictured on the cover!) and a countersheet with 260 new counters. Ownership of Gulf Strike 2nd Edition is required to play the Desert Shield scenarios, as the rules, maps and counters from Gulf Strike 2nd Edition are utilised in the Desert Shield scenarios.