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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Tactics Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics. A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare.
After valula as a civilian in North Africahe joined the I Corps of the Army of the Liberation, and served during the liberation of Francereceiving a wound during the invasion of Elba in June Galula’s wife recalled that her husband went to China to follow Guillermaz, who was, “without a doubt, the most influential person in David’s life.
Galula cites Mao Zedong ‘s observation that “[R]evolutionary war is 80 percent political action and only 20 percent military”, and proposes four “laws” for counterinsurgency: David Galula — was a French pradtice officer and scholar who was influential in developing the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare.
Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice
The infiltration of an insurgency seeks to destroy it from within by turning it against itself. Guidelines for Using Beyond Intractability resources.
Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War.
A victory [in a counterinsurgency] is not the destruction in a given area of the insurgent’s forces and his political organization. While a revolution is a sudden and “accidental” mass movement and a plot or coup is an intentional effort to overthrow the top leadership in a swift action, an insurgency is intentional, but not swift.
Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support to the active leaders. Indeed ,as Galula put it, “Essential though it is, the military action is secondary to the political one, its primary purpose being to afford the political power enough freedom to work ga,ula with the population.
The fourth and final law of counterinsurgency regards the “intensity of effort and vastness of means. There he continued his warm relationship with Jacques Guillermazan officer from an old French military family with whom he had served in France.
There is plenty in it to make one wonder why the U. Detach for the practiice sufficient troops to oppose an insurgent’s comeback in strength, install these troops in the hamlets, villages, and towns where the population lives.
Contents Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Many people think it impossible for guerrillas to exist for long in the enemy’s rear.
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Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”
A bit oversimplified, but still a foundational work on counterinsurgency theory for good reason. With his four principles in mind, Galula goes on to describe a general military and political strategy to put them into operation in an area that is under full insurgent control:.
Aug 27, Nick Lloyd rated it really liked it Shelves: Many of the aspects and strategies listed here have become so commonplace as to appear obvious, but this book was likely revolutionary in its own time. There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war – and to a good extent, the war in Afghanistan as well – represents.
Colonel Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by the French army. Emphasis has been placed on providing services for the population.
He does not only theorize but offers practical solutions to most problems facing a counterinsurgent – that is, perhaps, the greatest merit of this book. Be the first to ask a question about Counterinsurgency Warfare. 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 the 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.
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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 Counterinsurgency “in the Cold” As long as an insurgency’s activities remain “on the whole legal and nonviolent,” p 43 the insurgency is referred to as “cold”.
While important in “cold” insurgencies, this is the primary activity of counterinsurgents in “hot” insurgencies. Test these authorities by assigning them various concrete tasks.