Task Organizing for Urban Combat
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study presents guidelines on task organizing for urban combat. Eighteen examples of World War II urban combat were used to determine quantitative guidelines for planning a force of infantry, armor, engineers and artillery to be used in urban terrain varying from a small village to a large city. Each historical example is first viewed in synopsis form describing the battle. The task organization used is then presented. Conclusions about the task organization are stated for each historical example. The quantitative data on task organization and urban population are then tabulated and plotted versus each other. Graphs depicting the ratio of armor to infantry, engineer to infantry and artillery to infantry are displayed. Further analysis is presented on the ratio of these forces as part of a total maneuver force. A methodology is presented to permit the task organizer to structure a force for any type of urban terrain with the proper number of engineers, artillery and armor units for a given infantry force.
- Unconventional Warfare