CONCRETE HELL URBAN WARFARE FROM STALINGRAD TO IRAQ PDF

His thesis is that cities are expanding, with a higher proportion of populations living in them, and are the likely centres of conflict for the remainder of the 21st century. Therefore he believes that armies must equip and train with this in mind. His book sets out to demonstrate his view with a series of case studies. Libya and Syria have come too late for full analysis but he says, in the conclusion, that they lend support to his argument. However the definitions are blurred between limited war and internal security operations; into the latter category I would put Algiers , Northern Ireland, which he dates as , and the Israeli response to the Intifada in I am less comfortable with the inclusion of these studies, particularly Northern Ireland over such a wide time scale.

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His thesis is that cities are expanding, with a higher proportion of populations living in them, and are the likely centres of conflict for the remainder of the 21st century.

Therefore he believes that armies must equip and train with this in mind. His book sets out to demonstrate his view with a series of case studies. Libya and Syria have come too late for full analysis but he says, in the conclusion, that they lend support to his argument. However the definitions are blurred between limited war and internal security operations; into the latter category I would put Algiers , Northern Ireland, which he dates as , and the Israeli response to the Intifada in I am less comfortable with the inclusion of these studies, particularly Northern Ireland over such a wide time scale.

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. Equally it can be argued that wars will continue to be fought in the Middle East and Africa, possibly over water rights, where manoeuvre warfare is highly effective, as demonstrated in the first Gulf War and the early part of the second.

The well prepared army will still need the capability to fight a variety of enemies over widely differing types of terrain. Despite these caveats I thoroughly enjoyed Concrete Hell because it is thought provoking and the case studies are comprehensively described, illustrated and analysed.

The Bibliography is excellent. 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.

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Concrete Hell - Urban warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq

Colonel in the American Army, challenges this theory and offers some surprising conclusions. Instead of being an aberration urban warfare is constant throughout history. Instead of being pointless and costly it is often decisive and no more bloody than other forms of warfare. Instead of being a refuge for guerrilla fighters and terrorists soldiers are more likely than not to triumph. Yet perhaps the biggest myth he quashes is that tanks, rather than being a liability in urban warfare, are actually a vital asset. Considerations such as collateral damage and political blow back, while not completely absent especially at Hue , were generally secondary to the military objective of taking the city.

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