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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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Return to Book Page. As it was a limited operation, both in time and scope, it never addressed the route causes of terrorism against Israel.

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

Mauricio Santoro rated it really liked it Nov 06, Therefore unless America was locked in a fight for survival wrfare army would likely not be allowed to subdue a significant urban center via siege. Returning to the proper use of tanks in city fighting the point about dividing tanks up into smaller groups is a vital consideration.

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. 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.

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.

Sun Tzu, the great philosopher of war, was not a fan of urban warfare. Books by Lou DiMarco. Indeed the American forces at Ramadi were specifically warned not to create another Falluja, which with its significant military and civilians casualties, and indecisive ending, was a political disaster for America.

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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Ivo Bernardo rated it liked it Iaq 09, Why I started this book: The infantry especially have to be well equipped with mortars, snipers, flamethrowers, heavy machine guns, and other weapons to suppress various enemy targets in cities.


The presence of civilians has mostly been fgom boon with the rise of media, concrege when fighting democracies, as most collateral damage is usually blamed on concretr attacking force.

Ali Khan rated it really liked it Dec 31, This requires sufficient forces to surround and cut off an entire city for a considerable length of time. However, another key consideration which led to the American victory was that the combination of coalition progress in neutralizing AQI, as well as them protecting the Iraqi people and giving stalingra a stake in the conflict, along with the increasingly atrocious conduct of Wzrfare who killed and mutilated anyone who stood in their way convinced most of the Sunni insurgent groups in Ramadi to change their allegiance to the Americans and the government in Baghdad instead of backing AQI.

Concrete Hell – Urban warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq

It also gave the Israelis the option of simply using the bulldozers to knock down buildings on top of terrorists who refused to surrender. This book could really do with a good editor. Trivia About Concrete Hell: 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.

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. After the Americans had finished clearing, building and holding one outpost and securing the population around it they simply moved onto another area and did the same thing. 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.

This allows the army to understand the neighborhoods they live in, control the population, and notice when something has changed. This made it simple to pick people up for questioning or launch operations quickly as they could easily pinpoint where they were.

The American military methods in Ramadi were essentially a combination of strategic attack and the tactical defense.

As for the realities of military power in the 21st century given the inherent dominance of western militaries, and strong ones in China and Utban, and given that these nations will likely not be fighting each other, means that most wars will be small wars waged between nation states and small terrorist or insurgent groups.


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. This was a basic introduction, but I was intrigued by the shift from shift battles and total destruction, to longer drawn out battles with warfage d DiMarco uses Stalingrad, Aachen, Hue City, Northern Ireland and Ramadi.

Marcelo rated it liked it Dec 21, I’d say, this book opens more questions, whose answers should be found in another ckncrete. Limited the exposure of tanks on main streets. In other words the city needs to be surrounded, or at least all the lines of communications going in and out, need to be secured. Tanks were even vital in Stalingrad, for both sides, despite the popular myth that the rubble in the streets severely limited their mobility. Scratch that, a good ghost writer.

Additionally, it is significant that the Israelis and Americans won both of these contests without excessive use of firepower, especially artillery or airpower. Jul 27, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: But perhaps the quintessential point is that much of this, if not most, population growth has occurred in less developed nations in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. For some reason people in the Western world always seem to blame conventional armies, who generally try to avoid civilians casualties as much as they can, versus terrorist and insurgent groups who purposely put civilians in harms way.

Finally there is the point that urban warfare offers significant defensive advantages for weaker conventional forces, insurgents and terrorists that none of them would enjoy fighting a strong conventional force in open terrain.

Edward rated it liked it Oct 15, His chapters on Algeria, Northern Ireland, Jenin and Nablus, and Ramadi are especially good and offer solid strategy and tactics for dealing with insurgents and terrorists.