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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However, as its objective was limited only to reducing terrorist capabilities, and as it did so effectively, it can be classified as a success. Fighting terrorists and putting down insurgencies, especially in foreign lands, is even more political as taking territory and destroying armies are not as vital, or not as common, and the public finds it hard to gauge progress and gets upset when things such as collateral damage, war crimes, and instances of torture and prisoner abuse surfaces.

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.

Therefore he believes that armies must equip warfarw train with this in mind. The opponents in these instances were guerrilla forces fighting against foreign intruders and had considerable benefits in local intelligence, motivation and unit cohesion. Munsonmunson rated it it was amazing Apr 20, These nations, which generally have less prosperity, democracy, and opportunities than Western nations have not been able to accommodate hwll populations as effectively as the latter have. The former force used infantry, armor, engineers and snipers as a team.

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

This book is a must read for any military officer, policy adviser, or politician who contemplates waging warfare in the 21st Century. Essentially the army needs to know the people, where they live, their neighbors, who they associate with, their occupations, etc. Regarding demographics the author notes the population explosion of the last few decades, which is not slowing down. 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.

The Japanese took Nanking lraqand Napoleon took Moscow inbut their enemies still had plenty of space to retreat and considerable resources and people to fight them.


With one map, and little commentary the reader is left with just the actions of the two sides. The object fo usually to force the enemy to surrender via starvation, or running out of important supplies. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Essentially it comes down to morale and logistics.

Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq

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. A lot of military books, especially ones emphasizing a supposedly neglected form of warfare, are either overly detailed, are too preachy or somehow fail to stimulate enough interest as hdll are too busy promoting doctrine and ideas.

The fighting in Syria, and the recent violence in Iraq, has also revolved around cities. 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.

Books by Lou DiMarco. They also got their bearing by painting numbers and letters on buildings the advent of GPS obviously makes this concrrte antiquated. Likewise, while the British never lost Northern Ireland, the often heavy handed conduct of the British army against the Catholics, as well as the lack of political considerations to address their grievances until later in the conflict, meant that the war in Northern Ireland went on for more than 30 years stalingtad a relatively satisfactory peace settlement was reached.

This was partly because their forces 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. Yet airpower and artillery are often restricted for military commanders, especially in democracies, by ieaq masters at home.

Alex rated it really liked it Nov 24, Pat rated it liked it May 20, Colonel in the American Army, challenges this theory concdete offers some urbzn conclusions.

Besides getting the main ideas right DiMarco also deserves credit for readability. Ryan rated it really liked it Dec 27, Rex Miller rated it it was ok Nov 10, Of course how much political factors will matter depends on the type of war.

Additionally, the Israelis secured the major towns in the West Bank with a significantly higher population with less than 30, soldiers.

Sun Tzu, the great philosopher of war, was not a fan of urban warfare. Throughout history, cities have been at the center of warfare, from sieges to street-fighting, from peace-keeping to coups de mains. Yet perhaps the biggest myth he quashes is that tanks, rather than being a liability in urban warfare, are actually a vital asset.

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Chad rated it liked it Apr 20, The result has been the rise of massive urban ghettos full of inequality, crime, disease and resentment. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

Louis DiMarco has produced a very excellent and concise book on urban warfare. This requires sufficient forces to surround and cut off an entire city for a considerable length of time. To ask other readers questions about Concrete Hellplease sign up. Despite the naive view that torture is ineffective to get information it worked for the French, and combined with an efficient intelligence system that quickly collected, corroborated and then passed information to ready strikes teams it allowed them to quash the FLN terrorist cells in Algiers and win the battle.

Used buildings as cover having tanks shoot around corners. 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 in stark contrast to the initial Russian moves into Grozny in late when mechanized and armored forces advanced down the streets in long columns, without any reconnaissance, and much of their soldiers sleeping in their trucks.

This kept them off the street and did not expose them to fire by going through obvious choke points. Artillery and airpower is used for very tough opponents, usually against conventional forces, or stubborn insurgents.

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Adam Elkus rated it really liked it Feb 13, In Concrete Hell Louis DiMarco has provided a masterful study of the brutal realities of urban warfare, of what it means to seize stalingad hold a city literally block by block. Sully Syed rated it liked it Nov 30, But still an interesting look at urban warfare from a military man who’s spent a good deal of time working in the warfade.

Usually the defender uses urban landscape, with its countless places to both conceal themselves and ambush enemy forces, as well as the presence of civilians, to compensate for inferior numbers, lack of equipment, or simply to being less competent than their enemies.