first published on November 27, 2016 by Josh
Military Operation in Urban Terrain (MOUT) has been around for a very, very long time. We like to think that CQB and MOUT were both formations and reactions to battles like Hue City, and Fallujah, but the reality is far from that. While great evolutionary steps happened in the war-fighting publications from both of those major battles, CQB and MOUT can draw clear lines in the sand way back to World War 2.
Below is some slightly graphic footage taken during World War 2 by a military combat correspondent. It shows allied forces attacking the Axis street to street and house to house. War, it never changes I guess.