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Fighting in the Streets: Testing Theory on Urban Warfighting
Swedish Defence University.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper sets out to examine why it is that combat in urban environments is so deadly and casualty-heavy for conventional militaries, even when those militaries hold a technological and/or numerical advantage. The paper aims to test the theory of Alice Hills through a structured, focused comparison on three cases of urban warfighting. The paper examines the battle of Stalingrad 1942-1943, the battle of Mogadishu 1993 and the first battle of Grozny in 1994. Support for Hills theory is found in what she argues is a pre-modern type of combat that is slowgoing and relies upon ground forces as well as the equalization of technological advantages through improvised adaptation of older and/or less than ideal equipment. The paper highlights the need for intelligence in urban operations, especially human intelligence, as a potentional further development of Hills theory.

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2017. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Urban Warfare, Alice Hills, Stalingrad, Grozny, Mogadishu
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6728OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6728DiVA: diva2:1110058
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War Studies, Thesis
Educational program
Master's programme in Politics and War
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Available from: 2017-06-27 Created: 2017-06-15 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved

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