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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Regarding demographics the author notes the population explosion of the last few decades, which is not slowing down. In such situations the conventional forces are still likely to win but they are once again constrained by numerous political factors.

An In-Depth Review of “Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq”

In the case of Nablus the Israelis used a mechanized infantry force backed by bulldozers in one prong of their attack and their elite paratroopers in the other. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sun Tzu, the great philosopher of war, was not a fan of urban warfare.

This operation was neither a conventional approach, a counter-insurgency effort, nor designed to permanently neutralize the enemy, but simply to degrade the capabilities of terrorist groups attacking Israel.

This kept them off the street and did not expose them to fire by going through obvious choke points. Sun Tzu admonished his readers of The Art of War that the lowest realization of warfare was tp attack a fortified city.

Pat rated it liked it May 20, Besides these various lessons the author asserts that in the future urban warfare will be more, not less, prevalent. May 20, Pavel rated it really liked it. As for morale nothing is worse for the psychology of soldiers than knowing they are surrounded and cut off stalinyrad supplies.


No suggestions on how each side could do it differently with exception to the Stalingrad chapter. Having them constantly screened and protected by infantry. Besides getting the main ideas stxlingrad DiMarco also deserves credit for readability. I suspect that it is designed primarily for military study but it deserves wider distribution because it presents arguments that we and our governments need to consider now and in the future.

Sun Tzu admonished his readers of The Art of War that the lowest realization of warfare was to attack a fortified city – a maxim that the Russian army should have heeded before it launched its operation to irqq the Chechnyan city of Grozny.

Concrete Hell – Urban warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq / Historical Association

Despite these caveats I thoroughly enjoyed Concrete Hell because it is thought provoking and the case studies are comprehensively described, illustrated and analysed. Likewise the American forces pacifying Ramadi from lost perhaps 80 dead and caused light civilian casualties in 9 months of operations. All of this creates fertile recruiting grounds for revolutionary and violent ideologies and not surprisingly often leads to terrorist and guerrilla groups.

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.

Additionally, in the past decade with the rise of cell phones, cheap cameras, and social media, information has been passed along almost instantaneously giving governments and militaries no significant time to put their spin on events. This explosion has also resulted in a mass influx of people into cites from rural areas. Such a study could not be more timely.

Colonel in the American Army, challenges this theory and offers some surprising conclusions. By moving into populated centers the Americans provoked AQI who needed the support of the people for intelligence, recruitment and supplies into attacking their combat outposts to chase the Americans out or otherwise lose their control over the people.


Unsurprisingly these practices generally result in more civilian casualties in urban warfare. Even the Israelis, idaq generally do not even pretend to try winning over the Palestinians, are experts at Humint and use a system of informants recruited by a combination of coercion and greed and interrogation teams near the front lines to quickly interrogate, though usually not via brutal means, civilians in the war-zone to get information about their enemies.

The Germans killed nearly 40, Russian civilians in one day of heavy bombing at Stalingrad.

Ali Khan iarq it really liked it Dec 31, I’m working my way thru my Professional Reading titles, and this was recently returned. Therefore he believes that armies must equip and train with this in mind. This was partly because their comcrete were well trained and sufficiently equipped enough to accomplish their objectives without brute force, and partly because as liberal democracies their populaces, as well as international opinion, would not tolerate excessive civilian casualties.

Arguably though the book sometimes becomes overly descriptive of the actions of platoons, companies and battalions on the ground, especially in the Aachen and Hue chapters, which does little more for the general reader than to illustrate how complex urban warfare can be. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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

The fighting in Syria, and the recent violence cpncrete Iraq, has also revolved around cities. All of these theorists devoted some of their works to tactics but they were wise to limit it and wisely chose to concentrate on strategy which has always been more lasting. Then some cities are captured to facilitate further operations.