The Influence of International Law Upon Military Operation on Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) During Romanian Revolution, December 1989
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The engagement of cities in battle has created political and military debates for a long time. In their plans, politicians included the use of cities as a political goal and an objective of grand strategy. Military leaders agreed upon the use of cities as strong points in defense, but disagreed about the necessity of conquering cities during campaigns. For military leaders, to fight in a city meant a protracted war, and the loss of lives and property. The view concerning cities and war has evolved over time. For Sun Tzu, to attack and besiege a city was a protracted operation. He calculated that to conquer a city would take almost one year three months for equipment s preparation three months for building special siege equipment and several months for the siege itself. Mao Tse-tung used Sun Tzu s lesson during the Chinese Civil War, when he deemed that it was unnecessary to attack the enemy in cities to win the war. His thought drastically reoriented the policy of the Chinese Communist Party, questioning the doctrine of Kremlin infallibility, which asserted that the revolution will win only in cities.
- Sociology and Law
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics