United States Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine, 1860-1941

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Government Printing Office, 1998 - History - 331 pages
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U.S. Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine, 1860-1941, is the first of a two-volume study on the U.S. Army's experience in "small war" situations and the development of low-intensity conflict doctrine. Focusing on the suppression of insurgent or other irregular forces during overseas constabulary and contingency operations from the Civil War years up to America's entry into World War II, Andrew J. Birtle has filled an important omission in military historiography by writing about the underlying theories, concepts, and methods employed in the conduct of myriad unconventional missions with soldiers serving as governors, constables, judges, diplomats, explorers, colonizers, educators, administrators, and engineers. Even though official, codified, written doctrine for counterguerrilla, pacification, and nation-building activities prior to World War II has long been viewed as nonexistent, Birtle uncovers through his meticulous research an evidentiary thread of continuity in the Army's performance and thus maintains that some of the central principles governing such operations were indeed incorporated into official Army doctrinal literature. The events discussed unquestionably occurred long ago, but many of the issues raised by Birtle have enduring relevance for today's Army. People, places, and events may change, yet the fundamental questions involved in suppressing insurrections, fighting irregulars, administering civilian populations, and conducting foreign intervention remain surprisingly constant in this unpredictable world of ethnic tensions and turmoil. By studying how soldiers dealt with these complex issues in the past, Birtle's well-written account offers valuable insights to guide current and future soldiers when called upon to conduct similar operations.

Miliatary starategists, historians, and civilians interested in America's early history may find this resource appealing and offer a better understanding of Army doctrine from a historical perspective.

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Contents

Chapter Page
3
The War of the Rebellion 18611865
23
A Blockhouse and Encampment Protect a Railroad Bridge
42
The Constabulary Years 18651898
55
Dismounted Skirmish Drill Given to Cadets at West Point
62
A Unit of Apache Indian Scouts Camps Near the Mexican
68
Capt Henry W Lawtons Mixed Column of Cavalry Scouts
75
Indian Company Practices Saber Exercises
81
U S Infantrymen Demonstrate the Water Cure
133
The Imperial Constabulary Years 19001913
147
Chinese Village Lies in Ruins After a Visitation by Allied Forces
152
Moro Warrior in Full Armor
160
An Elite Provo Company Crosses the Rio Grande River
166
Chapter Page
191
The Interwar Years 19201941
239
The Development of Small Wars Doctrine
271

Cuba and the Philippines 18981902
99
Operations During the Philippine Rainy Season
110
A Detachment of Macabebe Scouts in American Service
117
U S Army Band Serenades Filipino Civilians
124
Select Bibliography
285
Index
311
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