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Streets of Fire
224 pages; 16 chapters and 2 appendixes
The city fighting tactics of modern world armies are marked by
tedious awkwardness and vague clichés. When modern western
armies actually fight in urban conflict, they are too cautious and
fret about collateral damage, while looking over their shoulder at
hostile members of the press. Most armies everywhere seem to
fear fighting in urban combat areas and whine about the “mass
casualties of urban combat”. However, they are making a serious
mistake. With the right organization, weapons, and tactics a company
or a regiment of either trained guerrillas or regular troops can turn any town or city into a series of overlapping kill
zones that will annihilate any type of opponent. Streets of Fire is a book of guidance for those men who want to win
urban battles. Although the central concept of the book is defending a village, the same principles apply to a town
or city fighting. It must not be forgotten that in many urban combats, the attacker suddenly finds himself on the
defensive, and is promptly destroyed. Streets of Fire is written for those who want to convert the urban fight into a
series of raids, ambushes, and demolition kill zones, which flow back and forth over the urban landscape as the
troops involved continuously switch from offense to defense. Streets of Fire will show you along which rubbled
streets, the enemy is mapped, trapped, and zapped. Its bloody city fighting at its best.
The Chechens’ masterful use of three-dimensional terrain was a constant problem for Russian progress in the city.
The terrorists boarded up or blocked first floor entrances to buildings to deny their use by the Russians, allowing them
little or no cover once an engagement began on the street. Passages through the buildings were made for maneuver and
withdrawal routes. Below the surface the bandits constructed and used a network of underground passages,
subbasements, and bunkers.
Basement window positions should be used to attack armor since enemy tank gun cannot depress enough to engage the
attackers. Such positions can be reinforced into bunkers and car jacks can be used to raise and lower concrete slabs
and other reinforced roofing material, allowing the defenders to fire on passing vehicles and troops and then avoid the
retaliatory indirect fire by lowering the slabs. It is unclear whether the city’s sewer system was used by the terrorists.
Russian reports say it was, but the Chechens deny its use.
Roofs and top floors were generally left empty for fear of air attacks and artillery. The terrorists then attacked from the
middle floors and used preplanned withdrawal routes. Buildings were used for strong points when defending key terrain.
In other areas the Chechens occupied buildings as needed to escape concentrated Russian fires or to draw them into
engagement areas and kill zones. Except for perhaps the Presidential Palace, defended buildings were not seen as
crucial to the Chechen defense. Rather, making the Russians suffer a disparity of casualties and damage for a small
piece of terrain was the objective."
Excerpt from Streets of Fire
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