Galula described his experiences in two books, Pacification Galula’s Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice is. 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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Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam. Customers who bought this item also bought. War in European History. Product details Paperback Publisher: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 61 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem practixe reviews right now. Please try again later. Galula lays out both the theory and practice pracitce insurgency and coutnerinsurgency in the most succinct prose and complete prose of any work available.

The great value of Galula’s book is the clear road map for opposing an insurgency.

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Caveat; clear is not necessarily simple, and even gallula it is simple, to quote Clausewitz “Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult. In the words of Galula, “a mimeograph machine may turn out to be more counterindurgency than a machine gun” a mimeograph is an archaic, low resolution printer, for the younglings in the audience.

The only aspect of insurgency that I would have liked to seen explored a bit more explicitly would have been the role counteribsurgency sanctuaries for insurgents. There are some references to insurgents having access to areas outside those controlled but the government they oppose, but the need for either exterior sanctuaries like the Vietcong use of Laos and Cambodia, or the way Iraqi insurgents have trained in Iran or interior sanctuaries ‘no-go’ zones like the FARC and other narco-terrorists establish, or parts of Sadr Prwctice for insurgents, and the reciprocal need to for counterinsurgents to deny sanctuaries to the adversary was not expounded on.


The other shortcoming is that Galula was writing in the s. While there have been linear, evolutionary improvements in small arms, and other military technology, there has been explosive change in communications technology since this book was written.

The role counternsurgency impact of internet and cell phones is far beyond what Galula had experienced in his lifetime, and has had significant impact on the conduct of insurgency and counterinsurgency. If you have any professional or personal interest in insurgency or counterinsurgency, this is a “must read”. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A French View of Counterinsurgency PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency EraGalula’s work has many similarities but in my view does a better overall job of both outlining a theory of counterinsurgency and offering a coherent pracfice viable methodology of countering it.

With an intellectual start point that “an insurgency is a competition between insurgent and government for the support of the population, which provides the sea in which the insurgent swims”, Galula clinically describes the key features and strengths of insurgent and counterinsurgent forces and proposes clear counterijsurgency for counterinsurgents. Although clear, straightforward and persuasive, this book isn’t just full of good news – of particular importance is the observation that “the counterinsurgent is tied to his responsibilities and his past Perhaps even more important is the observation that, given the disparity of resources required by a counterinsurgent to exercise its responsibilities for security and governance compared to an insurgent, “intensity of efforts and vastness of means are essential”.

This is sobering and unwelcome news to Western political and military leaders looking for quick, inexpensive solutions through “shock and awe” or UAV strikes against insurgent leadership.

Some things never change, like an insurgency and how to fight them effectively! And due to the complex wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Galula’s classic, written based on his experiences in the Algerian war during the ‘s, has been resurrected. A French Army Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Galula lays out in pretty good detail the necessary methods and procedures for counter-insurgency operations.


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Galula’s clearly articulates that the counter-insurgency requires a methodical approach to defeating the enemy by aggressively controlling and isolating the population, developing a good intelligence program in order galupa insure to the same population that they are safe from reprisal from the insurgents. Kinetic attacks; killing people and destroying places will only alienate the people that you are trying to win over. I recommend this book for all who are trying to figure out how to defeat an insurgency.

If I was a young or old military or Counterineurgency department official I would read this book and act on it’s recommendations. See all 61 reviews.

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