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Concrete Hell has 37 ratings and 5 reviews. Maria said: DiMarco uses Stalingrad, Aachen, Hue City, Northern Ireland and Ramadi. Each chapter focuses on t. In Concrete Hell Louis DiMarco has provided a masterful study of the brutal realities of urban warfare, of what it means to seize and hold a city literally block by. An In-Depth Review of “Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq”. Sun Tzu, the great philosopher of war, was not a fan of urban.

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We live in an increasingly urbanizing world, a military unprepared for urban operations is unprepared for tomorrow.

Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq

The Russian tank crews discovered that their turrets could neither elevate high enough to hit the Chechens on the roofs, or depress low enough to hit those in the basements. Yet perhaps another factor is that our author, having previously been a colonel in the American army, and one who has written doctrine manuals for troops, has realized that sieges are not a realistic option for the American army in the 21st Century.

Limited the exposure of tanks on main streets. Return to Book Page.

Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq by Lou DiMarco

Either way the value of urban areas to the enemy is relative. Not all battles followed this dictum, but history an international attention are pushing urban warfare in this direction. The other prong in Nablus was led by Israeli paratroopers. James Amsler rated it it was amazing Jul 24, Skip to content Sun Tzu, the great philosopher of war, was not a fan of urban warfare.

Sacha rated it really liked it Dec 15, I suspect that it is designed primarily for military study but it deserves wider distribution because it presents arguments that we and our governments need to consider now and in the future. Therefore he believes that armies must equip and train with this in mind. Arguably though the book sometimes becomes overly descriptive of the actions of platoons, companies and battalions on the ground, especially in the Aachen and Hue chapters, which does little more for the general reader than to illustrate how complex urban warfare can be.

Rex Miller rated it it was ok Nov 10, These nations, which generally have less prosperity, democracy, and opportunities than Western nations have not been able to accommodate urban populations as effectively as the latter have. Sep 12, Dmitry rated it liked it.


Yet perhaps the biggest myth he quashes is that tanks, rather than being a liability in urban warfare, are actually a vital asset. The object is usually to force the enemy to surrender via starvation, or running out of important supplies.

Concrete Hell – Urban warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq

Equally it can be argued that wars will continue to be fought in the Middle East and Africa, possibly over water wqrfare, where manoeuvre warfare is highly effective, as demonstrated in the first Gulf War and the early part of the second. This was in stark contrast to the ti Russian concreye into Grozny in late when mechanized and armored forces advanced down the streets in long columns, without any reconnaissance, and much of their soldiers sleeping in their trucks.

Given the countless buildings, alleyways and other urban terrain that offers multiple ways to kill soldiers it is generally advisable to proceed more cautiously and waarfare conquer cities street by street. Another vital asset for urban fighting, at least regarding counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism, is a comprehensive intelligence system that understands and analyses the human component of the environment.

For just as there are no lack of examples of the fall of major cities ending wars there are plenty of other examples to suggest that it is not inherently decisive either. The Japanese took Nanking inand Napoleon took Moscow inbut their enemies still had plenty of space to retreat and considerable resources and people to fight them. Jan 07, Jack rated it it was ok. Pat rated it liked it May 20, Sully Syed rated it liked it Nov 30, Whereas all out conventional fighting in maneuver warfare tends to reward speed and concentration urban warfare requires smaller groups attacking more systematically.

Jared rated it it was ok Dec 22, Moved tanks down side streets dtalingrad much cocnrete possible. While winning hearts and minds obviously is not a key consideration when invading a hostile country it is paramount when the objective is counter-insurgency.

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Yet it is still a general concgete that a modern society based on conventional fighting forces is still more vulnerable to the loss of its major cities than a backwards one based on irregular forces. Likewise, while the British never lost Northern Ireland, the often heavy handed conduct of the British army against the Catholics, as well as the lack of political considerations to address their grievances until later in the conflict, meant that the war in Northern Concrrete went on for more than 30 years until a relatively satisfactory peace settlement was reached.


This is based on simple demographics, the reality of military power in the 21st century, and on the record of conflict during the last decade.

Likewise warfaee are now nearly cities in the world with populations over stslingrad million people. Mauricio Santoro rated it really liked it Nov 06, Instead of being a refuge for guerrilla fighters and terrorists soldiers are more likely than not to triumph. All of these theorists devoted some of their works to tactics but they were wise to limit it and wisely chose to concentrate on ehll which has always been more lasting. And lose the wishy-washy government-speak.

An extension of this principle is that the fighting to surround a city, or to cut it off, is often more time consuming, and costly, than the fighting inside the city itself.

The most important is that given how inherently complex urban battlefields are it is necessary to adopt an all-arms approach.

An In-Depth Review of “Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq” – Section

In Grozny the Russians eventually won and captured the city, though not before they suffered horrific casualties, bombed the city to the ground, and lost most of the legitimacy of their cause. The result was predictable as one Russian regiment was ambushed by Chechen forces using RPGs Rocket Propelled Grenades machine guns and snipers who initially attacked the leading and trailing vehicles of the convoy first, iras them out and trapping those in the centre.

Tanks were even vital in Stalingrad, for both sides, despite the popular myth that the rubble in the streets severely limited their mobility. Likewise the American forces pacifying Ramadi from lost perhaps 80 dead and caused light civilian casualties in 9 months of operations.

Indeed the Israelis, who are arguably more accepting of harsher methods towards civilians than Americans, were ultimately forced to let in convoys of food and aid to Hamas occupied Gaza Strip to prevent such a crisis due to being pressured by international opinion.