Accession Number:

ADB097316

Title:

Considerations for Operations on Urban Terrain by Light Forces

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

217.0

Abstract:

This study examines three historical examples of military operations on urbanized terrain and identifies the doctrinal and tactical considerations present in each. The examples used in the study were Stalingrad, 1942 Hue, 1968 and Beirut, 1982. These considerations are analyzed collectively in the study to ascertain the degree of commonality existing among the three examples. The study found that a degree of congruence existed in technique, doctrine and weapons or weapon systems although the three examples were dissimilar in time, geography and national origin of the participants. For this reason, the study states that these areas should be of interest and concern to doctrine writers and force developers in determining future doctrine and requirements for MOUT. The study concludes that light forces can be effective against armor heavy forces in an urban environment for a significant period of time under certain circumstances. It comments on the needs of light forces in such an environment. The study concludes that light forces can be effective against armor heavy forces in an urban environment for a significant period of time under certain circumstances. It comments on the needs of light forces in such an environment. The study also addresses the operational and strategic implications of urban warfare demonstrated in the three examples.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE