Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice / David Galula; Foreword by John A. David Galula drank as deeply of this bitter draught as did his contempo -. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice. Front Cover. David Galula. This volume in the Praeger Security International (PSI) series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era defines the laws of insurgency and outlines the strategy and.
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Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”
Group and educate the leaders in a national political movement. Though he was fiercely anti-Communist, his captors treated him well and he eventually was released through the help of the Marshall mission. Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support to the active leaders. Galula knows what he is talking about, having served in ChinaGreece and Algeriaand he has an unusual bent for exhaustive analysis. Ineach wrote a manual on the lessons he had learned about the new form of war fought in the last two of these conflicts.
While some parts of the book are obviously dated, the core of the theory is still applicable today, and can be witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as several nations in Africa.
Selection of the Area of Efforts. Theory and Practice Westport, Connecticut: Aug 23, Jared rated it it was amazing. It is a protracted struggle conducted methodically in order to attain intermediary goals with an eventual aim of overthrowing the existing power structure.
A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare. One of the more interesting chapters related to the insurgents’ doctrine, in particular what Galula describes as ‘Orthodox pattern’. Why I started this book: This book is, perhaps, the most definitive manual for an initiate in the subject of counterinsurgency. Acting directly on insurgent leaders arresting them, or limiting their actions is difficult in democracies and often backfires.
Contents Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics.
But only for as long as he cannot be replaced, for it is better to entrust civilian tasks to civilians. While important in “cold” insurgencies, this is the primary activity of counterinsurgents in “hot” insurgencies.
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Feb 05, Dan Bell rated it really liked it Shelves: Dry and overly academic. Theory and Practice is highly suggested reading for students of ddavid U. Galula served as a French military officer in WWII asd afterwords in various outposts of unrest through the cold war, culminating in Algeria during the French army Lieutenant Colonel Galula died in Destruction of the Insurgent Political Organization.
Anv theories, developed as an observer of the Chinese Revolution ofand as a participant in France’s counterinsurgency in Algeria,formed the basis for US counterinsurgency efforts in Vietnam. Feb 03, Matt Danner rated it really liked it.
Second, it is also based on some dated ideas about gxlula, the nature of Communism, a poor understanding of Maoist strategy, and the relationship between politics and war.
Counterinsurgency “in the Cold” As long as counteribsurgency insurgency’s activities remain “on the whole legal and nonviolent,” p 43 the insurgency is referred to as “cold”. Galula warns strongly multiple times of the dangers of having soldiers do any job that should belong to civilians for any extended length of time.
I first read Colonel Galula’s book many years ago, in preparation for my assignment in Vietnam. The First Area as a Test Area. This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat While a revolution is a sudden and “accidental” mass movement and a plot or coup is an intentional effort to overthrow amd top leadership in a swift action, an insurgency is intentional, but not swift.
While the book is primarily concerned with insurgency, it often refers to both revolutions and plots as well.
Further, the counterinsurgency must learn and adapt as it goes along. If there is one thing to learn from the author it is that military might alone cannot defeat an insurgency and that ultimately it is the support of the population that will win the conflict.
A successful insurgency requires a viable cause to rally support. Such programs are often based on reason, and will be relatively ineffective in the early stages of an insurgency when “passion is the prime mover,” but as davir conflict progresses and the pragmatic implications of the war become the “the prime mover,” rational programs which improve the lives of the populace will become highly persuasive.
Theory and Practice by David Galula”. The Orthodox Pattern Communist. There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war I have been doing some studying up on warfare and counterinsurgency warfare in particular, and this wafare one the most basic and essential texts on the subject.
Sure, it’s from the insurgent point of view, but you’ll learn far more there than you will here, because while the subtitle may be “Theory and Practice,” the truth of the matter is that there’s no real “practice” in this book.
Views Read Edit View history. The other book I was reading at the time – Horne’s history of the Algerian war — was far superior, although this book is fairly well known in military circles. Lieutenant Colonel Galula’s reputation, which I had believed before reading this book to have become somewhat over-inflated of late, was theoyr well earned.
The theori A testament to a book about military strategy is that it must stand the test of time. Such support is most readily obtained from an active minority. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A very interesting and only too relevant galkla on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare.
Despite being a rather slim volume consisting of only pages, and reflecting upon a short time-span of counterinsurgency dating from the end of WWII to the early 60s, this is a concisely-written book that can either be scoured in a day or contemplated in a week. Winning Over or Suppressing the Last Guerrillas. The results speaks for itself: Keeping this emphasis on political action and the laws of counterinsurgency in mind, Galula develops a comprehensive strategy for dealing effectively with hot insurgencies.
Jul 30, Howard Anders rated it really liked it. Please Support Our Fundraising Drive. Inhe was expelled from the French officer corps, in accordance with the Statute on Jews of the Vichy State.