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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Likewise the American forces pacifying Ramadi from lost perhaps 80 dead and caused light civilian casualties in 9 months of operations.

However, such factors aside there are some generally accepted principles regarding urban warfare. The opponents in these instances were guerrilla forces fighting against foreign intruders and had considerable benefits in local intelligence, motivation and unit cohesion.

As such seizing them can disrupt governance, trade, industrial production, and other vital assets in order to wage war.

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 destruction and civilian causalities. However this is not win all, or lose all, situation and more professional forces using specialized equipment and proper tactics can still triumph with relatively few casualties, soldiers or civilians, as will be shown by the case studies of Nablus and Ramadi.

While the author always remains detached and 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. To ask other readers questions about Concrete Hellplease sign up.

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

Once again this illustrates the importance of coordinating military and political efforts in counter-insurgency. No trivia or quizzes yet. Stalingrrad the definitions are blurred between limited war and internal security operations; into the latter category I would put AlgiersNorthern Ireland, which he dates asand the Israeli response to the Intifada in 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.


Trivia About Concrete Hell: The objective was to limit exposure on streets and to advance via buildings. Sully Stalingad rated it liked foncrete Nov 30, Instead of being pointless and costly it is often decisive and no more bloody than other forms of warfare.

Of course the other alternative to fighting a street by street battle would be to subject a city to siege. Each chapter focuses on the specific battle for one city.

Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq

James Amsler rated it it was amazing Jul 24, 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 wardare city literally block by block. This book is a must read for any military officer, policy adviser, or politician who contemplates waging warfare in the 21st Century.

Alex rated it really liked it Nov 24, As government forces were fighting not just to take cities but to pacify rebel groups and establish legitimacy to rule, the successful seizure of urban areas, if done so at the cost of significant civilian losses and violating the rule of law, often led to a pyrrhic victory.

The fact that DiMarco, who surely heard of Sun Irsq, never even mentions the great philosopher, let alone his objections to urban warfare, is odd. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.


But considering the author is an ex colonel in the United States Army it is hardly surprising concrste he would go more into detail regarding these case studies versus others. It also gave the Israelis the option of simply using the bulldozers to knock down buildings on top of terrorists who refused to surrender.

Either way the value of urban areas to the enemy is relative. They are also kraq the masses reside and nothing is more ruinous for morale than being occupied. stalinhrad

Yet it is still a general consideration that a modern society based on conventional trom forces is still more vulnerable to the loss of its major cities than a backwards one based on irregular forces.

Russell rated it liked it May 03, 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. Open Preview See a Problem? Warfars is generally a costly exercise, and once you run out of bullets, food, and equipment you can no longer effectively engage in it.

Yet besides political machinations for the home front there are also political factors regarding the urban battlefield. Equally it can be argued that wars will continue to be fought in the Middle East and Africa, possibly over water rights, where manoeuvre stslingrad is highly effective, as demonstrated in the first Gulf War and the early part of the second.