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Friday, April 23, 2004
 
URBAN WARFARE



This seems to be the trend for military operations in the future, despite the fact that it is despised by most military personnel and strategists, for good reason.

The US Army Manual , Military Operations on Urbant Terrain (MOUT)

Army Magazine Article

MIT Lecture

So there's some theory, let's look at some historical examples..

In the ancient world, urban warfare primarily meant siege warfare. Here's some from Egypt and Greece..

A case of urban warfare closer to today's varieties was the suppression of the Paris Commune

Paris Magazine Article ; Marxist Links (includes great image galleries) ; Anarchist Links

The struggle between the Germans and Russians in WW2 resulted in two of the most brutal, city-leveling urban operations ever : The Battle of Stalingrad : Russian Site ;Military History Online ; and the Battle of Berlin..

That war also saw the valiant Warsaw Uprising..

For contemporary examples, I can give no better advice than to peruse some of the many outstanding blogs - from various points of view - which focus on conflict in the contemporary Middle East. You should find some starting points in the links to the right..

Do not thwart an enemy returning homewards. To a surrounded enemy you must leave a way of escape. Show him there is a road to safety, and so create in his mind the idea that there is an alternative to death. Then strike. .
Sun Tzu

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