Written by the US Army's Urban Warfare Specialist, this book is the definitive look at how urban warfare tactics have evolved providing invaluable lessons for the US and British Armies of the future.

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.

Table of Contents

Urban Warfare, Past and Future
An Operational Debacle - Stalingrad, 1942
American Urban Warfare - Aachen, 1944
Urban Warfare from the Sea - Inchon and Seoul, 1950
Complex Urban Warfare - The Battle for Algiers, 1956-57
The Long Urban War - Operation Banner, 1969-2007
Urban Death Trap - The Russian Army in Grozny, 1995
Invading the Urban Sanctuary - Operation Defensive Shield and the Battle for Jenin, 2002
Systematic Urban Warfare - “Ready First” in Ramadi, 2006-07
Urban Combat in the 21st Century

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Product details

Published Nov 20 2012
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 232
ISBN 9781782003144
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Louis A. DiMarco

Louis DiMarco retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in t…


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