Storming the City U S Militar – Alec Wahlman

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An unexpectedly readable, interesting, and well-written examination of exactly what the subtitle imports. Four chapters present case studies of emblematic battles: Aachen (1944), Manila (1945), Seoul (1950), and Hue (1968). Wahlman's goal is to provide neither definitive accounts nor operational/political contexts for these conflicts; this work is simply an evaluation of the tactical performance of American forces. And each study admirably addresses these contexts retaining an analytical core of "command, control and communications, intelligence and reconnaissance, firepower and survivability, mobility and counter-mobility, logistics, and dealing with the population." The battles range over a variety of terrains and conditions, and the book examines how "transferable competence" and "battlefield adaptation" were key in capturing each city-and how the ability of the military to accomplish this has degraded over time. The writing is excellent, economical, tactical, and, amazingly, readably technical. VERDICT For readers not even remotely interested in urban warfare, topical mechanized military coverage, or histories of World War II and/or Korea-you could be surprised by this. Just like that fantastic article from (fill in the blank: Atlantic Monthly, Guns & Ammo, Bass Weekly) about (fill in the blank: brain surgery, inventor Thomas Blanchard, snap spinners), you probably respond to good writing, and boy, it's here. Readers with interests in these areas will certainly enjoy this; the rest of us could really take a lesson in why this is important for today and the future of our military efforts. I'm always urging readers to stray beyond their usual comfort zones; this is a case in point.

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