Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq [NOOK Book]

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Throughout history cities have been at the center of warfare, from sieges to street-fighting, from peace-keeping to coups de mains. 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. In Concrete Hell Louis DiMarco has provided a masterful study of ...
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Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq

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Overview

Throughout history cities have been at the center of warfare, from sieges to street-fighting, from peace-keeping to coups de mains. 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. 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. Such a study could not be more timely. We live in an increasingly urbanizing world, a military unprepared for urban operations is unprepared for tomorrow. Di Marco masterfully studies the successes and failures of past battles in order to provide lessons for today’s tacticians.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Concrete Hell is a masterful study of the brutal realities of modern combat, tracing the development of military operations in an urban environment from the Soviet defense of Stalingrad in World War II to the recent operations of the US Army in Iraq. The author has synthesized 24 years experience in the US Army and in doing so has created a blueprint for urban warfare in the future. Such a study could not be more timely."
—Savannah Jones, www.sirreadalot.org (December 2012)

"I can recommend this book to the history buff and to the wargamer who is gaming in urban situations. I found this book extremely enjoyable and hard to put down once I started reading it, and I believe so will you."
- Richard Mataka, www.mataka.org

"...recommended reading for anyone interested in learning about urban combat ... it will be of value to soldiers wanting to quickly learn the hisory and the myriad tactical, operational, strategic and political considerations associated with fighting in cities."
- ARMY magazine (August 2013)

"...DiMarco's study achieves success in all of the supplemental considerations for an undertaking of this nature. His analysis is well-supported by quality maps, the chapters are coherently organized, with synopses followed by analysis for each battle, and the conclusions are built on logical and sequential foundations."
- Army History (summer 2014)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782003137
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Series: General Military
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 753,428
  • File size: 34 MB
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Meet the Author

Louis DiMarco retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army in 2005 after more than 24 years of active service. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from the US Military Academy, a Masters in Military Art and Science from the US Army Command and Staff College, a Masters of Arts Degree in International Relations, and a PhD in History. Currently LTC DiMarco works on the faculty of the Army Command and Staff College, where he teaches military history and elective courses on the history of modern urban warfare and modern warfare in the Middle East. Col. DiMarco has authored several key Army doctrinal manuals including FM 3-06, Urban Operations (2002). He was a contributing a author to the US Army's Counterinsurgency Manual, FM 3-24 (2006). Other written projects include the Army’s Scout Platoon Field Manual (1994), the first work in the Combat Studies Institute’s Global War on Terror series entitled Traditions, Changes, and Challenges: Military Operations and the Middle Eastern City (2004); and the book War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider (2008). LTC DiMarco has written and lectured on a variety of military topics including urban warfare and counterinsurgency.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

List of Maps 11

List of Plates 13

1 Urban Warfare, Past and Future 15

2 An Operational Debacle: Stalingrad, 1942 27

3 American Urban Warfare: Aachen, 1944 47

4 Urban Warfare from the Sea: Inchon and Seoul, 1950 67

5 Complex Urban Warfare: The Battle for Hue, 1968 81

6 War in the Casbah: The Battle of Algiers, 1956-57 103

7 The Long Urban War: Operation Banner, 1969-2007 125

8 Urban Death Trap: The Russian Army in Grozny, 1995 151

9 Invading the Urban Sanctuary: Operation Defensive Shield and the Battle for Jenin, 2002 169

10 Systematic Urban Warfare: "Ready First" in Ramadi, 2006-07 189

11 Urban Combat in the 21st century 211

Bibliography 217

Glossary 221

About the Author 223

Index 225

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