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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For a book written init really holds up. Counterinsutgency, a counterinsurgency exists only in reaction to an insurgency. Written soon after the failures of the French in Vietnam and Algeria, it is heavily influenced by population-centric approaches which see winning the locals as the ultimate and necessary prize.
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While the two mostly agreed on definitions and implications, they began to diverge on the question of strategy and tactics. An insurgency can only succeed by building on the population’s real grievances. The other shortcoming is that Galula was writing in the s. Laws and Principals of Counterinsurgency Warfare. Theory and Practice David Galu,a No preview available – This book is highly overrated.
I first read Colonel Galula’s book many years ago, in preparation for my assignment in Vietnam.
Gwlula August 30th by Praeger Security International first published I read this in earl when I was trying to learn more about counterinsurgency war and the “surge” that the US forces were promoting in Iraq. If I was a young or old military or State department official I would read this book and act on it’s recommendations.
A key characteristic of all three types of glula warfare is their inherent asymmetry. The only aspect of insurgency counterinsugrency I would have liked to seen explored a bit more explicitly would have been the role of sanctuaries for insurgents. 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 was trying to learn more about counterinsurgency war and the “surge” that the US forces were promoting in Iraq.
A victory [in a counterinsurgency] is not the destruction cpunterinsurgency a given area of the insurgent’s forces and his political organization. That is, the response necessary to eliminate the insurgency is likely to be seen as excessive by the general population.
One of the more interesting chapters related to the insurgents’ doctrine, in particular what Galula describes as ‘Orthodox pattern’. 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. When this is the case, the essential problem for the counterinsurgency is that the “actual danger will always appear to counterinsurgencu nation as out of proportion to the demands made by an adequate response” p 4.
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Drawn from the observations of a French officer, David Galula, who witnessed guerrilla warfare on three continents, the book remains relevant today as American policymakers, military analysts, and members of the public look to the counterinsurgency era of the s for lessons to apply to the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The soldier must then be prepared to become a propagandist, a social worker, a civil engineer, a schoolteacher, a nurse, a boy scout. It’s a lucid, engaging and clear book that in spite of being short, explains in a precise and detailed way the whole process of conformation and establishment of an armed insurgency and everything related to its natural reaction; the counterinsurgency.
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Some of these steps can be skipped in areas that are only partially under insurgent control, and most of them are unnecessary in areas already controlled by the government. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.
Indirect Action Against the Insurgent. Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support of the active leaders. But decisive action does not necessarily mean military action. It is still considered by many to be the “Bible” of counterinsurgency warfare.
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. Set up, by means of elections, new provisional local authorities. The other book I was reading at the time – Horne’s history of the Algerian war — was far superior, although this book is fairly well known in military circles. Want to Read saving…. But Galula also got a lot of other stuff right, and he deserves credit for his insights.
Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula
Consequently, propaganda is a powerful weapon for him. 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.
I’m actually quite surprised- because I have long since learned that anything trendy usually sucks, I was not expecting much from this book. Winning Over or Suppressing the Last Guerrillas. Colonel Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by the French army. Further, the counterinsurgency must learn and adapt as galla goes along. However, he cautions that the galila of this book do not guarantee success and that, “As long as the revolutionary situation exists, even in a dormant form, as long as the problem that gave rise to the insurgency has not been eliminated, the danger persists” p