Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice / David Galula; Foreword by John A. David Galula drank as deeply of this bitter draught as did his contempo -. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice. Front Cover. David Galula. This volume in the Praeger Security International (PSI) series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era defines the laws of insurgency and outlines the strategy and.

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Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent.

David Galula

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.

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 fourth and final law of counterinsurgency regards the “intensity pratice effort and vastness of means. Drawn from the observations of a French znd, 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. Strategy of the Counterinsurgency.

Greenwood Publishing Group- History – pages. Galula cites Mao Zedong ‘s observation that “[R]evolutionary war is 80 percent political action and only 20 percent military”, and proposes four “laws” for counterinsurgency: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

Galula expertly draws conclusions from his own counterinsurgency experience to craft this “how-to” manual. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This volume in the Praeger Security International PSI series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era defines the davix of insurgency and outlines the strategy and tactics to combat such threats.

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Pactice is a short theoretical essay on counterinsurgency war by an expert with ties to the French military. There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war I have been doing some studying up on warfare and counterinsurgency warfare in particular, and this is one the most basic and essential texts on the subject.

That is, the response necessary to eliminate the insurgency is likely to be seen as excessive by the general population. Read Taber’s War of the Flea instead. A counterinsurgency can only succeed by winning the support of the people.

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The difficult task is to establish a well thought out doctrine that all levels of leadership must understand and fully embrace. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. He is judged on what he does, not on what he says.


Such direct action counterinskrgency only be attempted when the insurgent’s cause in not popular, the counterinsurgent has the legal authority to act, and significant publicity of such action can be prevented. Aug 23, Jared rated it it was amazing.

Galula lays out the basic steps of an insurgency or revolutionary war and the steps neccessary to combat or suppress one. To ask other readers questions about Counterinsurgency Warfareplease sign up. Mar 20, Teoh rated it it was amazing. Jun 24, Mscout rated it really liked it Shelves: View all counterinsurgehcy comments.

Galula has been considered an important theorist by contemporary defence experts. This book provides an analysis counterinsurgendy how to countermine insurgency and the elements that might hinder its defeat.

While insurgencies often fail on their own accord, “Relying on luck

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