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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In Concrete Hell Louis DiMarco has provided a masterful study of urbzn brutal realities of urban warfare, of what it means to seize and hold a city literally block by block. Yet Humint in urban warfare is absolutely necessary and the French army were not wrong to make detailed censuses or even using high stress interrogations providing they followed international law but the extensive use of torture on tens of thousands of Algerians, and the summary executions of thousands more afterwards unequivocally was.
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.
Alex Zotov rated it really liked it Oct 05, Moved tanks down side streets as much as possible. These are usually important communications centers such as a city that lies along major converging rail lines such as Moscow, which dominates all communications in European Russia, or a vital port, such as Cherbourg or Warfar which the Allies both wanted to ease their logistical constraints after landing in Normandy. Return to Book Page.
Yet perhaps the biggest myth he quashes is that tanks, rather than being a liability in urban warfare, are actually a vital asset. Russell rated it liked it May 03, Mauricio Santoro rated it really liked it Nov 06, Essentially it comes down to morale watfare logistics.
An In-Depth Review of “Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq”
Munsonmunson rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Besides these various lessons the author asserts that in the future urban warfare will be more, not less, prevalent. Perhaps a more valid criticism regarding this book would be what it does not cover. However, it is conncrete that the use of heavy firepower in cities usually results in significant civilian casualties. He has been very selective in his examples and he states that one requirement for successful urban warfare is the ability to isolate the city or town so that the defenders cannot receive supplies or reinforcements from outside, which requires a limited war manoeuvre capability.
While soldiers obviously could benefit a lot from this work it is not a detailed manual describing every little tactic of urban warfare. Used buildings as cover having tanks shoot around corners. This allows the army to understand the neighborhoods they live in, control the population, and notice when something has changed. This includes infantry, tanks, armored fighting vehicles, engineers, and often heavier weapons such as artillery and airpower. Coming back to the various arms needed in urban warfare engineers are vital for demolition work, as well as disarming IEDs Improvised Explosive Devices.
Besides getting the main ideas right DiMarco also deserves credit dtalingrad readability.
An In-Depth Review of “Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq” – Section
Ask the average Russian and American about countless battles and skirmishes in Chechnya and Iraq and they will not remember them. May 20, Pavel rated it really liked it. Perfect book to read in a tank. Scratch that, a good ghost writer. The most important is that given how inherently complex urban battlefields are it is necessary to adopt an all-arms approach.
In the conventional war case studies, Stalingrad, Aachen, Inchon and Seoul, and Hue respectively, the fighting was between standing armies while seizing, and retaining, the city was the paramount objective. Jared rated it it was ok Dec 22, Even though it is a well documented practice for terrorists and insurgents to put civilians at risk so that any deaths will result in subsequently higher recruitment and political capital for their cause the majority of people in liberal democracies somehow end up sympathizing for these irregular groups, few of whom ever support freedom, tolerance of all religions, or gender and racial equality.
Despite these caveats I thoroughly enjoyed Concrete Hell because it is thought provoking and the case studies are comprehensively described, illustrated and analysed. Sep 12, Dmitry rated it liked it.
Finally there is the record of warfare during the last decade. Sully Syed rated it liked it Nov 30, In such situations the conventional forces are still likely to win but they are once again constrained by numerous political factors. Finally there is the point that urban warfare offers significant defensive advantages for weaker conventional forces, insurgents and terrorists that none of them would enjoy fighting a strong conventional force in open terrain.
Unfortunately two were shot down and this led to a significant firefight in the city, a political fiasco for the American government, and ultimately the withdrawal of American forces from the U. The difference is that unlike its principle uses in maneuver warfare, a combination of shock action and mass, in urban warfare tanks are divided up into small groups to help infantry suppress enemy forces as well as taking out strong points.
Yet besides political machinations for the home front there are also political factors regarding the urban syalingrad. Secondly, sieges, given that they rely on starvation as a strategy, inevitable lead to humanitarian crises and this is also politically unacceptable to the American public. Indeed, although strategists have advised against it across the millennia, armies and generals have been forced nonetheless to attack and defend cities, and victory has required that they do it well.
American forces secured the city of Ramadi, with a population over urbxn, with soldiers and two understrength Iraqi brigades.
I’d say, this book opens more questions, whose answers should be found in another books. Sun Tzu admonished his readers of The Art of War that the lowest realization of warfare was to attack a fortified city. Indeed, although strategists have advised against it across the millennia, armies and generals have been forced nonetheless to attack and defend cities, and victory has required that they do it well.
Having read several reviews of this book online which criticize the author for not providing more details hdll the finer infantry tactics on the ground I would suggest that like the greater theorists of war DiMarco focuses more on strategy and the bigger picture, which generally does not change from war to war, vs. Switching from their usual policy of heavy handed confrete which although inflicted significant casualties on the insurgent groups also caused prohibitive civilian casualties, the Americans focused on securing the population by establishing combat posts in the middle of densely populated areas.
Marcelo rated it tto it Dec 21, 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. Yet it is still a general consideration 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. We live in an comcrete urbanizing world, a military unprepared for urban operations irqa unprepared for tomorrow.
Ali Khan rated it really liked it Dec 31, We live in an increasingly urbanizing world, a military unprepared for urban operations is unprepared for tomorrow. Fighting in cities requires new skills, new weaponry and new tactics. Instead of being pointless and costly it is often decisive and no more bloody than other forms of warfare.
Such a study could not be more timely. The American forces attacking Aachen in developed very effective tactics to protect Tanks in urban warfare including:.