Concrete Hell is now out and available from Amazon and at many bookstores!
As some of you know, I teach urban warfare to US Army officers at the army Command and General Staff College. This book is based on my class research, my academic work in the area of Urban Geography and my work for the army writing Field Manual (FM) 3-06, Urban Operations. Much of what is written here is what I teach to those who are and will practice urban warfare in the coming years.
This work revisits some familiar historical topics like the classic battles for Stalingrad and Hue. In looking at these topics I take the approach of evaluating them in terms of what timeless aspects of urban warfare are revealed in the historical record.
I also look at several urban battlefields that have received less attention. Two areas where I think this book breaks new ground is the evaluation of the Israeli Operation Defensive Shield (2002) and the look at US forces in the Battle of Ramadi (2006-7). I think Concrete Hell is the only comprehensive look at these operations currently in print.
Ultimately, what I intended, and what I think Concrete Hell achieves, is a thorough look at the evolution of urban warfare over the last fifty years. By isolating and focusing on this history, and what it tells us in terms of the conduct of warfare, I think Concrete Hell also describes the nature of the most important battlefield of the 21st Century: the urban battlefield. Thus, though a history, Concrete Hell presents not only an accounting of the past but a vision of the future. Recent battles in Lybia and current fighting in Syria seem to validate that vision.
The subject of urban combat and it’s relationship to today’s military issues is vitally important and one in which I’m intensely interested. If you have any comments, questions, or want to air your own views on the subject please use the comment section here to do that, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To give you an idea what the book covers here’s the table of contents:
Chapter 1 Urban warfare Past and Future
Chapter 2 An Operational Debacle: Stalingrad 1942
Chapter 3 American Urban Warfare: Aachen 1944
Chapter 4 Urban Warfare fro the Sea: Inchon and Seoul 1950
Chapter 5 Complex Urban Warfare: The Battle for Hue 1968
Chapter 6 War inthe Casbah: The Battle of Algiers 1956-57
Chapter 7 The Log Urban War: Operation Banner, 1969-2007
Chapter 8 Urban Death Trap: The Russian Army in Grozny 1995
Chapter 9 Invading the Urban Sanctuary: Operation Defensive Shield and the Bttle for Jenin 2002
Chapter 10 Systematic Urban Warfare: “Ready First” in Rarmadi 2006-07
Chapter 11 Urban Combat in the 21st Century