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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Not all battles followed this dictum, but history an international attention are pushing urban warfare in this direction. To ask other readers questions about Concrete Hellplease sign up. Warfare is stwlingrad a costly exercise, and once you run out of bullets, food, and equipment you can no longer effectively engage in it. We live in an increasingly urbanizing world, a military unprepared for urban operations is unprepared for tomorrow. 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.
The objective was to limit exposure on streets and to advance via buildings. This was a basic introduction, but I was intrigued by the shift from shift battles and total destruction, to longer drawn out battles with less d DiMarco uses Stalingrad, Aachen, Hue City, Northern Ireland and Ramadi.
In such situations the conventional forces are still likely to win but they are once again constrained by numerous political factors. As urban areas gives these groups some measure of an even playing field, a chance for significant media coverage as well as the chance to take advantage of collateral damage and as the population of the developing world is becoming more concentrated in these areas, it is natural that cities will became the major battlefields of the 21st century.
However they did not use doorways, windows or stairs all obvious entry points but used pick axes and explosives to advance through walls, floors and ceilings. Used buildings as cover having tanks shoot around corners. Despite the naive view that torture is ineffective to get information it worked for the Warffare, and combined with an wardare intelligence system that quickly collected, corroborated and then passed information to ready strikes teams it allowed them to quash the FLN terrorist cells in Algiers and win the battle.
Jon Rupinski rated it liked it Jun 13, Even the Israelis, who generally do not even pretend to try winning over the Palestinians, are experts at Humint and use a system of informants recruited by a combination of coercion and greed and interrogation teams near the front lines to quickly interrogate, though usually not via brutal means, civilians in the war-zone to get information about their enemies.
This was in stark contrast to the initial Russian moves 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. With one map, and little commentary the reader is left with just the actions of the two sides.
Each chapter focuses on the specific battle for one city.
Rex Miller rated it it was ok Nov 10, It is worthwhile describing what methods and tactics the Israelis used in Nablus and the Americans used in Ramadi. However, it is obvious that the use of heavy firepower in cities usually results in significant civilian casualties. Indeed the American forces at Ramadi were specifically warned not to create another Falluja, which with its significant military and civilians casualties, and indecisive ending, was a political disaster for America. No suggestions on how each side could do it differently with exception to the Stalingrad chapter.
This requires sufficient forces to surround and cut off an entire city for a considerable length of time. Therefore he believes that armies must equip and train with this in mind. I’m not sure that Dr DiMarco totally succeeds in his argument. The result has been the rise of massive urban ghettos full of inequality, crime, disease and resentment. Jayson Geroux rated it it was amazing May 03, As for criticisms, which for this book I have few, I would suggest that this is not a book for corporals and privates on the ground but for generals, politicians, and enthusiasts of military history.
Concrete Hell – Urban warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq
American forces secured the city of Ramadi, with a population overwith soldiers and two understrength Iraqi brigades. Charlotte Wolery rated it really liked it Feb 29, In the case of Nablus the Israelis used a mechanized infantry force backed by bulldozers in one prong of their attack and their elite paratroopers in the other.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This includes infantry, tanks, armored fighting vehicles, engineers, and often heavier weapons such as artillery and airpower. Additionally, the Israelis secured the major towns in the West Bank with a significantly higher population with less than 30, soldiers.
Likewise the Russian conquest of Grozny in the mids probably killed 30, civilians and woundedmore.
An In-Depth Review of “Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq” – Section
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.
Jan 07, Jack rated it it was ok. Instead of being an aberration urban warfare is constant throughout history. The book it self doesnt really cover much, just really plain.
Ali Khan rated it really liked it Dec 31, He gets the main ideas right, goes into considerable depth regarding strategy and policy, but does not get bogged down into the smaller details which belong to military manuals. As such seizing them can disrupt governance, trade, industrial production, and other vital assets in order to wage war.
Once again this illustrates the importance of coordinating military and political efforts in counter-insurgency. After the Americans had finished clearing, building and holding one outpost and securing the population around it they simply moved onto another area and did the same thing.
Marcelo rated it liked it Dec 21, 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 block. Thus as stated above tanks should be divided into smaller groups to suppress enemy fire and to take out strong points. Munsonmunson rated it it was amazing Apr ieaq, This was partly because their forces were well trained and sufficiently equipped enough to accomplish their objectives without brute force, and partly because as liberal democracies their populaces, as well as international opinion, would not stakingrad excessive civilian casualties.
Unfortunately two were shot down and this led to warrare significant firefight in the city, a political fiasco for the American government, and ultimately the withdrawal of American forces from the U.
However, such factors aside there are some generally accepted principles regarding urban warfare. The keys were speed and surprise and terrorist units wzrfare to continuously fall back until they had suffered significant losses, or ran out of space.