Edi wrote: Again, take a look at Mogadishu, and especially at Grozny, to see what it can be like, those are far more recent and relevant examples. Granted, the coalition troops are better trained, motivated and equipped than the Russian conscripts in Chechnya, so they will not make the same gross mistakes, but Grozny is the battle you should pay more attention to than the battle of Hue.
- It ends on the potential of a warning note, one grants. But the doctrine which led to Hue already exists, as does the succeess (and most military documents do presume the conservative). The argument which can be made is that the lessons of success in urban warfare existed since Hue and/or before, and were recognized as early as 13 years ago.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
I. PURPOSE: To recreate the battle for Hue by analyzing it from a
maneuver warfare position and to culminate this analysis with the battle's
operational and tactical lessons learned as they may apply today.
II. THESIS: Although the battle for Hue transpired twenty years ago, the
military actions conducted then are in consonance with the fundamentals
of maneuver warfare revitalized today.
III. DATA: The 1968 Tet offensive conducted by the NVA/VC forces
within the I Corps Tactical Zone found the enemy's main effort as the seizure
of Hue. Through the implementation of a METT-T analysis, the military
student is able to effectively recreate the battle for Hue from a maneuver
warfare perspective in order to better understand the objectives, centers
of gravity, and intent of both opposing forces. An examination of the
mission statement for both opposing forces displays the conflict between
tasks and constraints. Terrain and weather analysis focuses upon key
decisive terrain, avenues of approach or lines of communication, and
inclement weather conditions as they impacted upon the warfare principles
of maneuver, surprise, and offensive. The culmination of these principles
demonstrates their effect on how, at specific moments, each opposing
force's timetable for success was altered. The operational lessons
learned focus upon surfaces and gap, concentration of force and speed
of action, and attrition warfare versus deterioration of the enemy's
cohesion. Tactical lessons learned focus upon urban tactics, combined
arms weapon systems, and command/control
IV. CONCLUSION: The fundamentals of maneuver warfare, as they
apply to the battle for Hue, have assisted in demonstrating an analytical
process and identifying valuable lessons learned for preparing for future
urban warfare. However, the Marine Corps' experience in Hue has not
been capitalized upon with regard to training direction and weapons
system flexibility towards urban warfare. The future commitment of
forces to safeguard United States interests abroad may find the Marine
Corps unprepared to operate in urban terrain.
We're going to have to wait and see as to if they were learned.
(From here: http://www.urbanoperations.com/taylor.htm - Also where I got the quote in my earlier post.)