By David Galula
This publication offers an research of the way to countermine insurgency and the weather that would prevent its defeat. encouraged through his army studies as a French army officer and attach?© in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the writer discovered the necessity for a compass within the suppression of insurgency, and he got down to outline the legislation of counterinsurgency struggle, to infer from them its ideas, and to stipulate the corresponding process and strategies. Written in 1964, the ebook in its new printing is as correct now because it was once 40 years in the past. Counterinsurgency war presents the template for the defeat of ultra-modern insurgents and terrorists.
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Algeria may again serve as an example. The total police force in 1954 was less than 50,000, barely larger than the police force for the city of Paris. When the insurgency was brewing, the Algerian police gave timely warnings, which were not heeded. A year after the insurgency broke out, the French National Assembly ﬁnally granted the government the “special powers” required to deal with the situation. By that time, the police—particularly its Moslem members— had been engulfed in the chaos. d. The armed forces.
The expansion was facilitated by the state of anarchy prevailing in China and by the popularity of the struggle led by the Kuomintang against the warlords and the imperialists. The two parties split in 1927, and the CCP went into open rebellion. Immediately, the membership fell to 10,000. A Communist group with Mao Tse-tung took refuge in the Kiangsi-Hunan area, while other groups scattered in various places. They slowly initiated guerrilla warfare, and, although at ﬁrst they committed the mistake of attacking well-defended towns, they managed to develop their military strength.
In the assessment of the insurgent’s strength must be included not only his military assets but the solidity of his political structure, the fact that the population is mobilized in his areas, the subversive activity of his underground agents in the counterinsurgent’s areas, and ﬁnally, the insurgent’s psychological superiority. From then on, the scope and scale of the insurgent’s operations will increase swiftly; a series of offensives aiming at the complete destruction of the enemy will constitute the last and ﬁnal step.