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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Books by Lou DiMarco. Few of his chapters are over 20 pages sadly a key consideration in an age where reading is not held in high esteem and all are good as stand alone case studies for those who do not want to read the entire work. As urban areas gives these groups some measure of an even playing field, a chance for significant media coverage as well as the chance to take confrete of collateral damage and as the population of the developing world is becoming more concentrated in these areas, it is natural that cities will became the major battlefields of the 21st century.

Either way political considerations have come to the fore since Vietnam and they are not likely to recede so willingly or not militaries have to adapt.

The object is usually to force the enemy to surrender via starvation, or running out of important supplies. And lose the wishy-washy government-speak.

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. Having read several reviews of this book online which criticize the author for not providing more details regarding the finer infantry tactics on the ground I would suggest that like the greater theorists of war DiMarco focuses more on strategy and the bigger picture, which generally does not change from war to war, vs.

Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq

Warfare is generally a costly exercise, and once you run out warfarw bullets, food, and equipment you can no longer effectively engage in it. In Grozny the Russians eventually won and captured the city, though not before they suffered horrific casualties, bombed the city to the ground, and lost most of the legitimacy of their cause. This was a basic introduction, but I was intrigued by the shift from shift battles and total destruction, to longer drawn out battles with less d DiMarco uses Stalingrad, Aachen, Hue City, Northern Ireland and Ramadi.


The Russian tank crews discovered that their turrets could neither elevate high enough to hit the Chechens on the roofs, or depress low enough to hit those in the basements. Why I started this book: 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. Even the Israelis, who generally do not even pretend to try winning over the Palestinians, are experts at Humint and use a system stakingrad 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.

Coming back to the various arms needed in urban warfare engineers are vital for demolition work, as well as disarming IEDs Improvised Explosive Devices. Once again this illustrates the importance of coordinating military and political efforts in counter-insurgency.

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

He gets the main ideas right, goes into considerable depth regarding strategy and policy, but does not get bogged down into the smaller details which belong to military manuals. Certainly there are few books analyzing a particular form of warfare that hsll all of this.

Brian Prosser rated it liked it Jul 08, His thesis is that cities are expanding, with wqrfare higher proportion of populations living in hell, and are the likely centres of conflict for the remainder of the 21 st century. 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 stalingrzd case studies of Nablus and Ramadi.


Charlotte Wolery rated it really liked it Feb 29, Limited the exposure of tanks on main streets. Not all battles followed this dictum, but history an international attention are pushing urban warfare in this direction. I suspect that it is designed primarily for military study but it deserves wider distribution because ro presents arguments that we and our governments need to consider now and in the future.

Besides these various lessons the author asserts that in the future urban warfare will be more, not less, prevalent. As for criticisms, which for this book I have few, I would suggest that this is not a book for corporals and privates on the ground but for generals, politicians, and enthusiasts of military history. Yet it is still a general consideration that a modern society based on conventional fighting forces is still more vulnerable to the loss of its major cities than a backwards one based on irregular forces.

Each chapter focuses on concrdte specific battle for one city.

The American forces attacking Aachen in developed very effective tactics to protect Tanks in urban warfare including:. 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.

By moving into populated centers the Americans provoked AQI who needed the support of iraw people for intelligence, recruitment and supplies into attacking their combat outposts to chase the Americans out or otherwise lose their control over the people.

Adam Elkus rated it really liked it Feb 13, Louis DiMarco has produced a very excellent and concise book on urban warfare. Return to Book Page. Di Marco masterfully studies the successes and failures of past battles in order to provide lessons for today’s tacticians.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Germans killed nearly 40, Russian civilians in one day of heavy bombing stailngrad Stalingrad.