Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice / David Galula; Foreword by John A. David Galula drank as deeply of this bitter draught as did his contempo -. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice. Front Cover. David Galula. This volume in the Praeger Security International (PSI) series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era defines the laws of insurgency and outlines the strategy and.

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Lessons learned should then be rapidly applied to subsequent areas.

David Galula

Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics. Galula served as a French military officer in WWII asd afterwords in various outposts of unrest through the cold war, culminating in Algeria during the French army Written inbut remains sound from everything I have read on the subject. For a book written init really holds up.

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.

Content may not be reproduced without prior written permission. There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war – and to a good extent, the war in Afghanistan as well – represents. Published August 30th by Praeger Security International first published He begins this task by describing the basic characteristics of revolutionary war in general, because an insurgency along with revolution and coup d’etat is thought to be a type of revolutionary warfare.


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.

Aug 14, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: I first read Colonel Galula’s book many years ago, in preparation for my assignment in Vietnam.

His strategy is divided into eight steps:. It was short and I was going to whip thru it. Infiltration of the Insurgent Movement. The other book I was reading at the time – Horne’s history of the Algerian war — was far superior, although this book is fairly well known in military circles. Ineach wrote a manual on the lessons he had learned about the new form of war fought in the last two of these conflicts. From the “father” of COIN doctrine. Test these authorities by assigning them various concrete tasks.

He gave a series of conferences abroad and attended the Armed Forces Staff College. A victory is that plus the permanent isolation of the insurgent from the population, isolation not enforced upon the population, but maintained by and with the population.

While a revolution is a sudden and “accidental” mass movement and a plot or coup is an intentional effort to overthrow the top leadership in a swift action, an insurgency is intentional, but not swift. Jan 06, Leo rated it liked it. The definitive counterinsurgency manual. Refresh and try again.

The political movement of the masses must overwhelm the insurgencies political message.

David Galula – Wikipedia

While the two mostly agreed on definitions and implications, they began to diverge on the question of strategy and tactics. The book is problematic for several reasons. Galula knows what he is talking about, having served in ChinaGreece and Algeriaand he has an unusual bent for exhaustive analysis. Indirect action consists of either co-opting the insurgent’s cause, or addressing the weaknesses of the state.


That this was one of the original such guides, written by a man who had observed and experienced counter-insurgency from North Warcare, to Southeast Asia, and China, is why it has become an interesting primary source in its own right.

Rather, action should be taken in select areas, and resources moved as needed. In Aprilhe was captured by Chinese Communists during a solo trip into the interior. Competent, overarching foundational strategy of COIN. I hope American leadership can learn and build theort some of the principles and lessons listed in Galula’s book.

Mar 31, John rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d highly recommend it for anyone interested in lractice topic.

The results speaks for itself: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But it is a high-stake gamble that may not be taken, for it seems to imply a high political cost for both U.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula

In addition, I have read many other books on this subject over the last couple of decades. An insurgency can only succeed by building on the population’s real grievances.

And yet, in these wars, the civilians barely showed. For him, counterinnsurgency can be no more than a secondary weapon, valuable only if intended to inform and not to fool.

Establish contact with the population, control its movements in order to cut off its links with the guerillas.

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