Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice / David Galula; Foreword by John A. David Galula drank as deeply of this bitter draught as did his contempo -. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and. Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN.

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Vulnerability of the Insurgent in the Orthodox Pattern. This work does well to explain insurgencies, how they form, how they gather strength, how the counter insurgent can respond, and ultimately defeat the insurgency. Ineach wrote a manual on the lessons he had learned about the new form of war fought in the last two of these conflicts. The difficult task is to establish a well thought out doctrine that all levels of leadership must understand and fully embrace.

In conventional warfare, strength is assessed according to military or other tangible criteria, such as the number of divisions, the position they hold, the industrial resources, etc.

Refresh and try again. Despite being a rather slim volume consisting of only pages, and reflecting upon a short time-span of counterinsurgency dating This review of mine is qualified on the basis that I have never served in the armed forces in any capacity, much less participated as a civilian in a counterinsurgency campaign, or even experienced one beforehand.

Conclusion While insurgencies often fail on their own accord, “Relying on luck It is quite amazing how well this book has aged, it’s concepts are still whole and can easily be merged with other works of political science and sociology to form a powerful ‘lens’ to understand happenings around the world.

In some ways, this aids a counterinsurgency because the “moral fog” surrounding the insurgents dissipates and the counterinsurgency is free to act more decisively.

A bit oversimplified, but still a foundational work on counterinsurgency theory for good reason. This is not only military leadership from the generals to the privates, but also civilians put in charge of providing economic and social building blocks for the population under duress.


The results speaks for itself: Jul 28, Marvin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Yet whatever their differences, both have effective advice for the counterinsurgent, and both of the books should be used in conjunction when planning and preparing for counterinsurgency operations.

Selection of the Area of Galyla. Don’t miss upcoming posts, signup for the Newsletter. The Phoenix program Douglas Valentine Snippet view – Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents. Upon reading this, I realized that I have read this book before – in fact, probably twice before.

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It’s amazing how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Aug 10, Michael rated it it was amazing. Without the support of the population, it is impossible to root out all the insurgents and stop further recruitment.

Sure, it’s from the insurgent point of view, but you’ll learn far more there than you will here, because while the subtitle may be “Theory and Practice,” the truth of the matter is that there’s no real “practice” in this book.

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. That this was one of the original such guides, written by a man who had observed and experienced counter-insurgency from North Africa, to Southeast Asia, and China, is why it has become an interesting primary galupa in its own right. Galula cites Warfarre Zedong ‘s observation that theeory war is 80 percent political action and only 20 percent military”, and proposes four “laws” for counterinsurgency: To ask other readers questions about Counterinsurgency Warfareplease sign up.

That is, the response necessary to eliminate the insurgency is likely to be seen as excessive by the general population. And he cannot cheat much unless his political structures are monolithic, for the legitimate opposition in his own camp would soon disclose his every psychological maneuver.

A testament to a book about military strategy is that it must stand the test of time. 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. Check out our Quick Start Guide.


Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

Very interesting use of historical examples. I found Colonel Galula’s book even more relevant now, than after my first read. Win over or suppress the last insurgent remnants. Winning Over or Suppressing the Last Guerrillas.

Inspired by his military experiences as a French military officer and attache in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, aarfare 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 wqrfare its principles, and to outline the corresponding strategy and tactics. Why I finished it: From Strategy to Tactics. A counterinsurgency can only succeed by winning the support of the people.

After living as a civilian in North Africahe joined the I Corps of wagfare Army of the Liberation, and served during the liberation of Francereceiving a wound during the invasion of Elba in June Vulnerability of the Insurgent in the Shortcut Pattern.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

For him, propaganda can be no more than a secondary weapon, valuable only if intended to inform and not to fool. Citing Beyond Intractability resources.

An officer of the marine infantry in the old colonial army, he was assigned to China and also served with the United Nations as a military observer in Greece and military attache in Hong Kong. The infiltration of an insurgency seeks to destroy it from within by turning it against itself.

Lists with This Book. It was anf and I was going to whip thru it.

Galula structured the book in such a way that a reader is first introduced to the “big picture” before being indoctrinated with coujterinsurgency “devil in the details”. Rather, action should be taken in select areas, and resources moved as needed.

Theory and Practice David Galula Limited preview – Weakness of the Counterinsurgent.