Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice (PSI Classics by David Galula

By David Galula

This publication offers an research of the way to countermine insurgency and the weather that will prevent its defeat. encouraged via his army stories as a French army officer and attach?© in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the writer learned the necessity for a compass within the suppression of insurgency, and he got down to outline the legislation of counterinsurgency war, to infer from them its rules, and to stipulate the corresponding approach and strategies. Written in 1964, the booklet in its new printing is as appropriate now because it used to be 40 years in the past. Counterinsurgency struggle presents the template for the defeat of modern insurgents and terrorists.

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Let us examine briefly the effects of the various geographic factors. 1. Location. A country isolated by natural barriers (sea, desert, forbidding mountain ranges) or situated among countries that oppose the insurgency is favorable to the counterinsurgent. 2. Size. The larger the country, the more difficult for a government to control it. Size can weaken even the most totalitarian regime; witness China’s present troubles in Tibet. 3. Configuration. A country easy to compartmentalize hinders the insurgent.

I am sorry, but I will be obliged to report you at the next street meeting,” said the neighbor to the owner of the cat. ” asked the old lady. ” “If you report me, they will cut off my rice ration. ” “Suppose someone else saw you and reports you. What will happen to me, your neighbor, if I have not reported you first? I am your friend. ” This is exactly what happened, in a city where, according to some Western visitors, Chinese Communist control was less efficient than elsewhere in China. At the end of 1952, a European was expelled from Hainan Island, where he had lived for many years.

It was cheaper in money and manpower to suppress smuggling along the coast of Algeria than along the Tunisian and Moroccan borders, where the French Army had to build, maintain, and man an artificial fence. 24 COUNTERINSURGENCY WARFARE 5. Terrain. It helps the insurgent insofar as it is rugged and difficult, either because of mountains and swamps or because of the vegetation. The hills of Kiangsi, the mountains of Greece, the Sierra Maestra, the swamps of the Plain of Reeds in Cochinchina, the paddy fields of Tonkin, the jungle of Malaya gave a strong advantage to the insurgents.

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