Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice [David Galula, David Galula] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Back in print after almost. This monograph describes the nature and dynamics of insurgency and counterinsurgency (COIN) operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book. WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport.
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Win over or suppress the last insurgent remnants. But only for as long as he cannot be replaced, for it is better to entrust civilian tasks to civilians. 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 The other book I was reading at the time – Horne’s history of the Algerian war — was far su I read this in earl when I counyerinsurgency trying to learn more about counterinsurgency war and the “surge” that the US forces were promoting in Iraq.
In addition, I have read many other books on this subject over the last couple of decades. Account Options Sign in.
Lists with This Book. Trinquier tends to focus on the tactical and operational level, and although he acknowledges the importance of politics in counterinsurgency, he tends to address military issues.
This requires political programs aimed at placating the insurgent’s base. How may it be said that these two cannot exist together?
The older soldier imparted an intellectual approach to military and geopolitical analysis. While the coknterinsurgency mostly agreed on definitions and implications, they began to diverge on the question of strategy and tactics.
The Phoenix program Douglas Valentine Snippet view – He distinguished himself by applying personal tactics in counterinsurgency to his sector of Kabylieat Djebel Mimoun,  near Tigzirteffectively eliminating the nationalist insurgency in his sector and earning accelerated promotion from this point. Praeger Security International, Though Galula presents this eight-step process as a guide to hot counterinsurgency operations, he is quick to point out, “Like every similar concept, this one may be sound in theory but dangerous when applied rigidly to a specific case.
Sure, it’s from the insurgent point of view, but you’ll learn far more there cuonterinsurgency 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. Colonel Galula was stationed in Vounterinsurgency at the time of the revolt by the French army.
I have to admit, however, that ‘Counter-Insurgency Warfare: Written in the style of an army-guide, its insights are so basic to our modern understanding of counterinsurgency that it is difficult to see what the fuss is about. The soldier must then be prepared to become a propagandist, a social worker, a civil engineer, a schoolteacher, a nurse, a boy counteginsurgency.
This review of mine is qualified on the basis that I have never served in the armed forces in any capacity, much less participated as a civilian in a counterinsurgency campaign, or even experienced one beforehand. Selection of the Area of Efforts. Aug 27, Nick Lloyd rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 12, Ayushman rated it it was amazing. Dry and overly academic. No trivia or quizzes yet. This is a short theoretical essay on counterinsurgency war by an expert with ties to the French military.
Military action is secondary to political action.
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Aug coujterinsurgency, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: Selected pages Title Page. And yet, in these wars, the civilians barely showed. The war is won or lost at the company level, where the leader is in direct and continuous contact with the population.
New to the site? The book is problematic for several reasons. His wisdom is highlighted by the historical references and aphorisms which help illustrate the fundamental concepts only to make them seemingly simple. Counterinsurgency “in the Heat” As soon as an insurgent’s activities become openly illegal and violent, it is considered “hot”. Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol 33, Iss 5, p.
Galula counterinsurgfncy Jomini; but his work suffers from much of the same prescriptive weaknesses.
Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula – Praeger – ABC-CLIO
Jul 28, Marvin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: 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.
This is a great book for anyone interested in the topic. I found Colonel Galula’s book even more relevant now, than after my first read. Theory and Practice David Galula Limited preview – Although this was written about 60 years ago, there are many parallels with the current situation in Iraq. Indirect action consists of either counterinsuryency the insurgent’s cause, or addressing the weaknesses of the state.
Recently the same theories have been revived by the US Department of Defense, tempered by our experiences in Afghanistan and post-war Iraq, and incorporated into Field Manual”Counte I first read Gallula Galula’s book many years ago, in preparation for my assignment in Vietnam.
Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”
Concentrate enough armed countrrinsurgency to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents. Specifically, his experience was in countering centralized, Mao-ist, internal insurgency. Such direct action should only be attempted when the insurgent’s cause in not popular, the counterinsurgent has the legal authority to act, and significant publicity of such action can be prevented.
Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support of the active leaders. They can act directly on the insurgent leaders, they can act indirectly on the conditions that are propitious to an insurgency, they can infiltrate the insurgent movement, or they can reinforce their own “Political Machine”.