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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But only for as long as he cannot be replaced, for it is better to entrust civilian tasks to civilians. 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 Colonel Galula’s book many years ago, in preparation for my assignment in Vietnam.

A foundation read for any military officer or civilian involved in COIN operations, policy or strategy. Feb 05, Dan Bell rated it really liked it Shelves: Detach for the area sufficient troops to oppose an insurgent’s comeback in strength, install these troops in the hamlets, villages, and towns where the population lives. There are some references to insurgents having access to areas outside those controlled but the government they oppose, but the need for either exterior sanctuaries like the Vietcong use of Laos and Cambodia, or the way Iraqi insurgents have trained in Iran or interior sanctuaries ‘no-go’ zones like the FARC and other narco-terrorists establish, or parts of Sadr City for insurgents, and the reciprocal need to for counterinsurgents to deny sanctuaries to the adversary was not expounded on.

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Galula’s work on counter-insurgency is in large part based on the experiences and lesson of years of French colonial warfare, most notably the work of Joseph-Simon Gallieni and Hubert Lyautey. For example, insurgent farmers demanding land reform can be stripped of their cause when the state provides land reform.


This book is still in force despite having been written in the 60s, since the principles observed by the author have not changed much over the years. Military ventures against insurgents will ultimately fail if insurgents are still able to recruit new lackeys to their political cause. Lieutenant Colonel Galula died in Win over or suppress the last insurgent remnants.

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Consequently, propaganda is a powerful weapon for him. Lists with This Book. Galula’s wife recalled that her husband went to China to follow Guillermaz, who was, “without a doubt, the most influential person in David’s life. 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. Dec 12, Counterinsurgencg rated it it was amazing. Feb 02, Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a protracted struggle conducted methodically in order to attain intermediary goals with an eventual aim of overthrowing the existing power structure.

In addition, I have read many other books on this subject over the last couple of decades. This book is highly overrated. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. After living as a civilian in North Africahe joined the I Corps of the Army of the Liberation, and served during the liberation of Francereceiving a wound during the invasion of Elba in June Perhaps even more important is the observation that, given the disparity of resources required by a counterinsurgent to exercise galu,a responsibilities for security and governance compared to an insurgent, “intensity of efforts and vastness of means are essential”.

Galula provides his views on communist ‘revolutionary warfare’ and the manner in which Western militaries must adapt to face the on coming threat.

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Colonel Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by counterinsrugency French army. Ineach wrote a manual on the counterinsurhency he had learned about the new form of war fought in the last two of these conflicts. Other editions – View all Counterinsurgency Warfare: Set up, by means of elections, new provisional local authorities.


First, its not an accurate representation of what the French or the other Western powers actually did in their colonial wars.

Thus, according to the laws of counterinsurgency, it is important to continuously make efforts at gaining and maintaining the support of the populace in distinct areas by leveraging an active minority. Why I finished it: And weighing in at a mere pages of clearly written narrative prose, it is by far a superior read glaula less thorough to the Marine Corps Small Wars Manual or the Army’s infamous Counterinsurgency Guide.

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I’d highly recommend it for anyone interested in the topic. Truly a classic and a requirement for anyone who wants to understand irregular war and how to counter it. The theori A testament to a book about military strategy is that it must stand the test of time.

While the latter, under the hands of its colonial master, settled instead for a politically-based, police-centric counterinsurgency against the guerillas.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Feb 16, Richard rated it it was amazing. One of the authentic and detailed exposition on the nature and cause of insurgency.

Indirect action counterinskrgency of either co-opting the insurgent’s cause, or addressing the weaknesses of the state. The simplicity and common sense approach to this book is what makes it such a worthwhile book to read, but this straightforwardness of the author’s writing belies the actual complexity of counter insurgent work.

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