WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport. operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and. Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s Galula served as a French military officer in WWII asd afterwords in various outposts.
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Laws and Principals of Counterinsurgency Warfare. Tactics Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics.
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. The book is highly recommended to anyone who considers a career in the military or students in pursuit of a degree which pertains to international studies. Lieutenant Colonel Galula’s reputation, which I had I’m actually quite surprised- because I have long since learned that anything trendy usually sucks, I was not expecting much from this book.
He Upon reading this, I realized that I have read this book before – in fact, probably twice before. Galula expertly draws conclusions from his own counterinsuggency experience to craft this “how-to” manual. In revolutionary warfare, strength must be assessed by the extent of support from the population as measured in terms of political organization at the grass roots. Truly a classic and a requirement for anyone who wants to understand irregular war and how to counter it. Feb 02, Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat Refresh and try again.
Thus, the objective of the conflict is the people. Goodreads helps galuka keep track of books you want to read. Books by David Galula. In this case, indirect countfrinsurgency can be taken to ensure that the judicial, police, and military institutions are strong thus discouraging insurgent action. Establish contact with the population, control its movements in order to cut off its links with the guerillas.
His wisdom is highlighted by the historical references and aphorisms which help illustrate the fundamental concepts only to make them seemingly simple.
He distinguished warfaree 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. He outlines in clear language the steps to be taken as well as why, in clear, economical prose.
Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”
Jul 28, Marvin yalula it really liked it Recommends it for: This review of mine is qualified on the basis that I counterinsurgenct never served in the armed forces in any capacity, much less participated as a civilian in a counterinsurgency campaign, or even experienced one beforehand.
This is not only military leadership from the generals to the privates, but also civilians put in charge of providing economic and social building blocks for the population under duress.
However, he cautions that the lessons of this book do not guarantee success and that, “As long as the revolutionary situation exists, even in a dormant form, counterinsuregncy long as the problem that gave rise to the insurgency has countterinsurgency been eliminated, the danger persists” p A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare.
Those willing to actively support a counterinsurgency operation should be supported in their efforts to rally the relatively neutral majority and neutralize the hostile minority.
Counterinsurgency in the Cold Revolutionary War. Such direct action should only be attempted when the insurgent’s cause in not popular, the counterinsurgent has the legal authority to watfare, and significant publicity of such action can be prevented. He died in of lung cancer. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula
A victory is that plus the permanent isolation of the insurgent from the population, isolation not enforced upon the population, but maintained by and with the population. The counterinsurgent reaches a position of strength when his power is embedded in a political organization issuing from, and firmly supported by, the population. Open Preview See a Problem? A foundation read for any military officer or civilian involved in COIN operations, policy or strategy. Check out our Quick Start Guide or Video.
Contract with the Control of the Population. With no positive policy but with good propaganda, the insurgent may still win. Inhe was expelled from the French officer corps, in accordance with the Statute on Jews of the Vichy State.
Inspired by his military experiences as a French military officer and attache in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the author realized the “need for a compass” in the suppression of insurgency, and he set out to “define the laws of counterinsurgency warfare, to deduce from them its principles, and to outline the corresponding strategy and tactics.
Very interesting use of historical examples. They can act directly on the insurgent leaders, they can act counterinsugrency on the conditions that are propitious to an insurgency, they can infiltrate the insurgent counterinsurgenxy, or they can reinforce their own “Political Machine”. Retrieved from ” https: