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Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq

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Throughout history, cities have been at the center of warfare, from sieges to street-fighting, from peace-keeping to coups de mains. 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 seize the Chechnyan city of Grozny. 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. 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. Such a study could not be more timely. We live in an increasingly urbanizing world, a military unprepared for urban operations is unprepared for tomorrow. Fighting in cities requires new skills, new weaponry and new tactics. But there is no better way to prepare than to look at the successes and failure of some of the most famous operations in modern military history including Stalingrad, Hue City and Fallujah.

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"Cities will be the battlefields of the 21st century, argues military historian DiMarco (War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider), an instructor at the U.S. Army Command and Staff College. As his study explains, the previous major shift in warfare was to the countryside during the age of Frederick the Great and Napoleon. Major population centers like Paris, Rome, and Moscow, however, have always presented key targets for military commanders. WWII triggered urban warfare's resurgence, as new tactics geared toward densely packed and populated neighborhoods became the norm. The battle for Stalingrad demonstrated that as formidable a fighting machine as the German Army can eventually be undone by a combination of poor leadership and the guerilla tactics of an apparently lesser force fighting on its own turf, like the Soviet Red Army. While the U.S. repelled a North Vietnamese attack during Vietnam but in the process suffered a psychological blow that shattered American political resolve. DiMarco's work also explores recent urban conflicts in Chechnya, on the West Bank, and in Iraq. Heavy on descriptions of battle tactics down to the efforts of individual soldiers, this book is best appreciated by readers with a keen interest in military strategy. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Louis DiMarco retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army in 2005 after more than 24 years of active service.  He was commissioned as an Armor officer in the US Army from the US Military Academy in 1981.  His military assignments include command and staff positions in armored cavalry squadrons and division, corps and joint forces headquarters.  He was a doctrine writer both at the U.S. Army Armor Center at Fort Knox, and the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, a Masters in Military Art and Science from the US Army Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth Kansas, and a Masters of Arts Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University, Rhode Island.  He is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University and is writing a dissertation focused on the US Army occupation operations, 1865 to 1940.  Currently Col. DiMarco is assigned to the faculty of the Army Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth Kansas where he teaches military history and elective courses on the history of modern urban warfare and modern warfare in the Middle East. Col. DiMarco has written and lectured on a variety of military affairs topics including urban warfare and counterinsurgency.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781849087926
Author:
Dimarco, Lou
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing (UK)
Author:
Dimarco, Louis
Author:
DiMarco, Louis A.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
Military-General History
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 MONO; 70 COL
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.48 x 6.35 x 0.97 in 1.24 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cities will be the battlefields of the 21st century, argues military historian DiMarco (War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider), an instructor at the U.S. Army Command and Staff College. As his study explains, the previous major shift in warfare was to the countryside during the age of Frederick the Great and Napoleon. Major population centers like Paris, Rome, and Moscow, however, have always presented key targets for military commanders. WWII triggered urban warfare's resurgence, as new tactics geared toward densely packed and populated neighborhoods became the norm. The battle for Stalingrad demonstrated that as formidable a fighting machine as the German Army can eventually be undone by a combination of poor leadership and the guerilla tactics of an apparently lesser force fighting on its own turf, like the Soviet Red Army. While the U.S. repelled a North Vietnamese attack during Vietnam but in the process suffered a psychological blow that shattered American political resolve. DiMarco's work also explores recent urban conflicts in Chechnya, on the West Bank, and in Iraq. Heavy on descriptions of battle tactics down to the efforts of individual soldiers, this book is best appreciated by readers with a keen interest in military strategy. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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