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Overview

This book provides an analysis of how to countermine insurgency and the elements that might hinder its defeat. Inspired by his military experiences as a French military officer and attache in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the author witnessed 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." Written in 1964, the book in its new printing is as relevant now as it was forty years ago. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today's insurgents and terrorists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976738008
  • Publisher: Hailer Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 143

Meet the Author

DAVID GALULA (1919-1967) was born to French parents in Tunisia and raised in Morocco, earning his baccalaureat in Casablanca and attending the military academy at Saint-Cyr. Graduated on the eve of World War II, he saw action in North Africa, Italy, and France. An officer of the marine infantry in the old colonial army, he was assigned to China and also served with the United Nations as a military observer in Greece and military attache in Hong Kong. Colonel Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by the French army. Shortly before retiring he wrote Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice, while in residence at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Revolutionary War: Nature and Characteristics

The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency

The Insurgency Doctrine

Counterinsurgency in the Cold Revolutionary War

Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War

From Strategy to Tactics

The Operations

Concluding Remarks

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    Great book if you want to learn about counterinsurgency

    I've been to multiple military schools and our focus has largely been on how to win conventional wars. The Principles of War, Warden's Five Rings, etc., etc. are all about conventional ops. We need to ensure all of our schools have a core course on the Principles of Counterinsurgency Warfare. The last school I attended it was an elective course only...

    This book, "Counterinsurgency Warfare", should be one of the key texts for military strategists to read on the principles of winning counterinsurgency wars. I think it does superb job in contrasting how fighting an insurgency using a convential warfare mindset will be a losing strategy. America military's fighting strength is in the conventional realm, and we need to make books like this mandatory reading so that we can excel in both realms. I think the lessons learned we've taken from Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years mirror very closely what is taught in this book written in the early 60's.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    A Classic and baseline understanding for Counteringsurgency

    Gulua writes the book that is has become "the must" read to get a basic of understanding of Counterinsurgency and how to conduct operations that will be succesful. Even though the book was written over 4o years ago, the principles and concepts remain relative today. It's the principles that allow you to employ counterinsurgeny stragidies no matter where you are. For those that are not in the military it is an easy read and not full of acronyms and terms that are difficult for civilians to understand. I believe it is a must for anyone deploying to Iraq or Afhganistan especially those leaders both NCO's and Officers, and battalion and below. Senior officers at brigade or higher, I believe should have already read this book. It should be read to ROTC as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2006

    Brings back old memories

    I still have the copy I bought as a young CAP Marine in the 1960s. Most impressive is the simplicity of this timeless little book. Step by step, it guides the reader through the process of counterinsurgency. Much of the work is devoted to strategic operations on a regional and national level. But these principals were right on target, when operating tactically, in a populated agricultural area in Viet Nam's Dai Loc District, Quang Nam Province. Today it's a different war, but the fact that the Marines have revived the Combined Action Program, tailored to contemporary needs, shows that Colonel Galula's fine work is just as timely as when first published in the mid '60s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Everything you need to know about winning in Iraq

    This is THE BOOK on counterinsurgency warfare, and if you don't believe me, then believe noted Vietnam expert Bernard Fall (author of Street Without Joy and Hell in a Very Small Place). Fall considered it the best 'how-to' manual on counterinsurgency warfare. If the folks who started this war had only read two pages (Page 51 and 52) no one would have ever heard of Abu Garaib and Guantanamo. Only 143 pages, but it has all the answers.

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