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Concrete Hell: Modern Urban Warfare

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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. 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. Di Marco masterfully studies the successes and failures of past battles in order to provide lessons for today's tacticians. Contents Urban Warfare, Past and Future An Operational Debacle - Stalingrad, 1942 American Urban Warfare - Aachen, 1944 Urban Warfare from the Sea - Inchon and Seoul, 1950 Complex Urban Warfare - The Battle for Algiers, 1956-57 The Long Urban War - Operation Banner, 1969-2007 Urban Death Trap - The Russian Army in Grozny, 1995 Invading the Urban Sanctuary - Operation Defensive Shield and the Battle for Jenin, 2002 Systematic Urban Warfare - "Ready First" in Ramadi, 2006-07 Urban Combat in the 21st Century Index About the Author

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