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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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. This made it simple to pick people up for questioning or launch operations quickly as they could easily pinpoint where they were.

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

The former force used infantry, armor, engineers and snipers as a team. Despite the naive view that torture is ineffective to get information it worked for the French, and combined with an efficient 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 frmo win the battle. No trivia or quizzes yet. Sun Tzu admonished his readers of The Fro of War that the lowest realization of warfare was to attack a fortified city.

Marcelo rated ubran liked it Dec 21, Munsonmunson rated it it was amazing Apr 20, The paratroopers also used snipers in the same role as the other Israeli force did. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. While the author always remains detached rfom objective there is little doubt that such sentiments of frustration towards the home front would find considerable sympathy among soldiers who have engaged in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism. 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 Ireland went warfarw for more than 30 years until a relatively satisfactory peace settlement was reached.


Warfare is generally a costly exercise, and once you run out of bullets, food, and equipment you can no longer effectively engage in it.

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These two concerns, limiting military as well as civilian casualties are often contradictory as it warcare generally true in warfare that keeping military casualties down requires firepower to be used more liberally and for the rules of engagement to be loosened.

All of this creates fertile recruiting grounds for revolutionary and violent ideologies and not surprisingly often leads to terrorist and guerrilla groups. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This leads us to another key consideration, at least in modern times, regarding urban irban. Ryan rated it really liked it Dec 27, Hardcoverpages. 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.

Return to Book Page. Here the military contest was not as vital and political considerations came to the fore. Rex Miller rated it it was ok Nov 10, This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

I am less comfortable with the inclusion of these studies, particularly Northern Ireland over such a wide time scale. Therefore he believes that armies must equip and train with this in mind.

Essentially it comes down to morale and logistics. 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. This book could really do with a good editor. The most important is that given how inherently complex urban battlefields are it is necessary to adopt an all-arms approach.

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Additionally, the Israelis secured the major towns in the West Bank with a significantly higher population with less than 30, soldiers. Unfortunately two were shot down and this led to a significant firefight in fom city, a political fiasco for the American government, and ultimately the withdrawal of American forces from the U.


Therefore unless America was locked in urrban fight for survival her army would likely not be allowed to subdue a significant urban center via siege. Israeli forces in Nablus in for example, lost a single military casualty and caused relatively few civilian casualties at 8 dead. 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.

This book is a must read for any military officer, policy adviser, or politician who contemplates waging warfare in the 21st Century. Of course how much political factors will matter depends on the type of war.

Colonel in the American Army, challenges this theory and offers some surprising conclusions. Wrafare and try again. 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. Yet perhaps the biggest myth he quashes is that tanks, rather than being a liability in urban warfare, are actually a vital asset.

It is worthwhile describing what methods and tactics the Israelis used in Nablus and the Cocnrete used in Ramadi. The fact that DiMarco, who surely heard of Sun Tzu, never even mentions the great philosopher, let alone his objections to urban warfare, is odd.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. As it was a limited operation, both in time and scope, it never addressed the route causes of terrorism against Israel. It also gave the Israelis the option of simply using the bulldozers to knock down buildings on top of terrorists who refused to surrender.

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