WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport. operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and. Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s Galula served as a French military officer in WWII asd afterwords in various outposts.

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It is human nature and people are always busy with their own lives to worry about the rest. Counterinzurgency important in “cold” insurgencies, this is the primary activity of counterinsurgents in “hot” insurgencies. Written in the style of an army-guide, its insights are so basic to our modern understanding of counterinsurgency that it is difficult to see what the fuss is about.

Be the first to ask a question about Counterinsurgency Warfare. In some ways, this aids a counterinsurgency because the “moral fog” surrounding the insurgents dissipates and the counterinsurgency is free to act more decisively.

Please Support Our Fundraising Drive. It took a lot more effort than I was expecting but my biggest frustration is that this book was written in and our military is still learning the lessons in here the hard way. Win over or suppress the last insurgent remnants.

Each author strived to abstract his experience in order to transform the conventional military and the political establishment and to meet the demands of counterinsurgency warfare and to achieve victory.

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. Specifically, his experience was in countering centralized, Mao-ist, internal insurgency.

Test those authorities by assigning them various concrete tasks. Insurgents also decide when and where the conflict will begin, since they become insurgents through their own contentious actions. Indirect Action Against the Insurgent. Test these authorities by assigning them various concrete tasks.


For a book written init really holds up. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Those willing to actively support a counterinsurgency operation should be supported in their efforts to rally the relatively neutral majority and neutralize the hostile minority.

Indeed, a counterinsurgency exists only in reaction to an insurgency. The book is well written and informative, but military theory isolated from particular wars and situations comes across as generic and too lacking in detail.

Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents.

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Galula would’ve Jomini; but his work suffers from much of the same prescriptive weaknesses. First, its not an accurate representation of what the French or the other Western powers actually did in their colonial wars. Further, the counterinsurgency must learn and adapt as it goes along.

While counterinsurgents are powerful, they are obliged to uphold law and order, which limits their potential action.

I hope American leadership can learn and build upon some of the principles and lessons listed in Galula’s book. Theory and Practice David Galula Limited preview – While insurgencies often fail on their own accord, “Relying on galhla Other editions – View all Counterinsurgency Warfare: Aug 23, Jared rated it it was amazing. It’s a book rich in historical examples that allows to understand several of the armed revolutions and the overthrow of governments, as well as their failures.

Mar 20, Teoh rated it it was amazing.

While he acknowledges the importance of conventional military tactics in counterinsurgency, he focuses primarily on ways to build an effective “political machine” capable of xounterinsurgency the support of the people.

Feb 05, Dan Bell rated it really liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. Theory and Practice by David Galula”. To view it, click here. 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 galuula book.


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Citing Beyond Intractability resources. Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol 33, Iss 5, p. 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.

One of the authentic and detailed exposition on the nature and cause of insurgency. The soldier must then be prepared to become a propagandist, a social worker, a civil engineer, a schoolteacher, a nurse, a boy scout. A foundation read for any military officer or civilian involved in COIN operations, policy or strategy.

I read this in earl when I was trying to counterinsurvency more about counterinsurgency war and the “surge” that the Coknterinsurgency forces were promoting in Iraq. While some parts of the book are obviously dated, the core of the theory is still applicable today, and can be witnessed in Iraq A quick and easy read don’t be fooled by how long it took me; I went through part of it for a paper and then decided recently to read through it’s entirety for anyone interested in insurgency warfare.

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Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics. 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. Ineach wrote a manual on the lessons he had learned about the new form of war fought in cointerinsurgency last two of these conflicts.

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