Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice

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Praeger, 1964 - History - 143 pages
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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 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." 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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User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

Galula lays out the basic steps of an insurgency or revolutionary war and the steps neccessary to combat or suppress one. Why I started this book: It was short and I was going to whip thru it. Why I ... Read full review

Review: Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

User Review  - Howard Anders - Goodreads

I first read Colonel Galula's book many years ago, in preparation for my assignment in Vietnam. Galula's theories, developed as an observer of the Chinese Revolution of 1927-49, and as a participant ... Read full review


Nature and Characteristics
The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency
The Insurgency Doctrine

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DAVID GALULA graduated from St. Cyr Military Academy in 1939 and served in the French army in the North Africa campaign and the liberation of Italy and France during World War II. In addition, he later served in China, Greece, IndoChina, and Algeria. Lieutenant Colonel Galula died in 1967.

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