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Grenade Launchers and Bed Sheets: An Invisibility Kit for Urban Combat | Modern War Institute

Grenade Launchers and Bed Sheets: An Invisibility Kit for Urban Combat | Modern War Institute

The film Black Hawk Down burned into the American psyche something intuitive to anyone who has experienced urban combat: the incredible difficulty of fighting in cities. While its title highlights the vulnerability of helicopters operating over complex urban terrain, the film’s more critical lesson is how quickly and completely a formation of dismounted soldiers can be overmatched, overwhelmed, and encircled in this dense, three-dimensional battlespace. One of the most significant tactical problems, which remains unsolved twenty-five years after the Battle of Mogadishu, is that of maneuvering small units without exposing soldiers to concentrated enemy fire.

Source: Grenade Launchers and Bed Sheets: An Invisibility Kit for Urban Combat – Modern War Institute