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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sully Syed rated it liked it Nov 30, To ask other readers questions about Concrete Hellplease sign up. The result has been the rise of massive urban ghettos full of inequality, crime, disease and resentment.

Adam Elkus rated it really liked it Feb 13, These nations, which generally have less prosperity, democracy, and opportunities than Western nations have not been able to accommodate urban populations as effectively as the latter have.

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 them a stake in the conflict, along with the increasingly atrocious conduct of AQI 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.

The Bibliography is excellent. Even though it is a well documented practice for terrorists and insurgents to put civilians at risk so that any deaths will concrege in subsequently higher recruitment and political capital for their cause the majority of people in liberal democracies somehow end up sympathizing for these irregular groups, few of whom ever support freedom, tolerance of all religions, or gender and grom equality.

While soldiers obviously could benefit a lot from this work it is not a detailed manual describing every little tactic of urban warfare. Pat rated it liked it May 20, However the definitions are blurred between limited war bell internal security operations; into the latter category I would put AlgiersNorthern Ireland, which he dates asand the Israeli response to the Intifada in Books by Lou DiMarco. The paratroopers also used snipers in the same role as the other Israeli force did.


Finally there is the record of warfare during the last decade.

Didn’t learned much about Urban warfare tactics, but diverse historical situations were interesting to learn. Ted Green, last updated: Unfortunately two were shot down and this led to a significant firefight in the city, a political fiasco for the American government, and ultimately the withdrawal of American forces from the U.

Coming back to the various arms needed in urban warfare engineers are vital for demolition work, as well as ifaq IEDs Improvised Explosive Devices. 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. Returning to the proper use of tanks in city fighting the point about dividing tanks up into smaller groups is a vital consideration.

Secondly, sieges, given that they rely on starvation as a strategy, inevitable lead to humanitarian crises and this is also politically unacceptable to the American public.

In Concrete Hell Louis DiMarco has provided a masterful study of the brutal realities of urban warfare, of what it iras to seize and hold a city literally block by block. The Russians may have taken Grozny in and the Americans Baghdad in but their wars were far from over and did not end how they had wanted.

Thus as stated above tanks should be divided into smaller groups to suppress enemy fire and to take out strong points. Likewise the Russian conquest of Grozny in the mids probably killed 30, civilians and woundedmore. Why I finished it: Warfare is generally a costly exercise, and once you run out of bullets, food, and equipment you can no longer effectively engage in it.

I’m not sure that Dr DiMarco totally succeeds in his argument. Fighting in cities requires new skills, new weaponry and new tactics. 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. The book it self doesnt really cover much, just really plain.

Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq by Lou DiMarco

Instead of being pointless and costly it is often decisive and no more bloody than stalibgrad forms of warfare. Colonel in the American Army, challenges this theory and offers some surprising conclusions. However, it is obvious that the use of heavy firepower in cities usually results in significant civilian casualties.

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. The result was predictable as most AQI attacks against American combat outposts in Ramadi never made it past concretd American snipers who neutralized the terrorist units much as the Israeli snipers had done in Nablus.


Once again this illustrates the importance of coordinating military and political efforts in ro.

Concrete Hell

This book is a must read for any military officer, policy adviser, or politician who contemplates waging warfare in the 21st Century. In Concrete Hell Louis DiMarco has provided a masterful study of the brutal realities of urban warfare, of what warfage means to urbah and hold a city literally block by block.

Indeed the Israelis, who are arguably more accepting of harsher methods towards civilians than Americans, were ultimately forced to let in convoys of food and aid to Hamas occupied Gaza Strip to prevent such a crisis due to being pressured by international opinion.

Instead convrete being an aberration urban warfare is constant throughout history. 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 uraq surfaces.

Your email address will not be published. We live in an increasingly urbanizing world, a military unprepared for urban operations is unprepared for tomorrow.

Ivo Bernardo rated it liked it Aug 09, 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. An extension of this principle cnocrete that the fighting to surround a city, or to cut it off, is often more time consuming, and costly, than the fighting inside the city itself. Additionally, urban warfare also occurs when there are important enemy forces stationed in cites, such as the F.

Whereas all out conventional fighting in maneuver warfare tends to reward speed and concentration urban warfare requires urbxn groups attacking more systematically.