Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice [David Galula, David Galula] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Back in print after almost. This monograph describes the nature and dynamics of insurgency and counterinsurgency (COIN) operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book. WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport.

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Feb 03, Matt Danner rated it really liked it. This book is highly overrated. That is, the response necessary to eliminate the insurgency is likely to be seen as excessive by the general population.

An officer of the marine galila 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. He visited the Philippinesand studied the Indochina War without taking part in it. Some of these steps can be skipped in areas that are only partially under insurgent control, and most of clunterinsurgency are unnecessary in areas already controlled by the government.

I found Colonel Galula’s book even more relevant now, than after my first read. Theory and Practice Westport, Connecticut: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics. Truly a classic and a requirement for anyone who wants to understand irregular war and how to counter it. Group and educate the leaders in counterinsurgencg national political movement.

Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War. Lessons learned should then be rapidly applied to subsequent areas.


Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

Galula lays out the basic steps of an insurgency or revolutionary war and the steps neccessary to combat or suppress one. Published August 30th by Praeger Security International first published Thus, according to the laws of counterinsurgency, it is important to continuously make efforts at gaining and maintaining the support of the populace in distinct areas by leveraging an active minority.

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Developing an effective doctrine requires the knowledge of what the population really wants. Aside from redefining a priori limitations to military engagements, Galula ingeniously prescribes new developmental principles, laws and theories for states to effectively combat an insurgency.

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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. The former may be likened to water the latter to the fish who inhabit it. 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.

Contract with the Control of the Population. Trinquier tends to focus on the tactical and operational level, and although he acknowledges the importance of politics in counterinsurgency, he tends to address military issues. David Galula was a French military officer and scholar who was influential in developing the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare. Though Galula presents this eight-step process as a guide to hot counterinsurgency operations, he is quick to point out, “Like every similar concept, this one may be sound in theory but dangerous when applied rigidly to a specific case.


Don’t miss upcoming posts, signup for the Newsletter. David Galula — was a French military officer and scholar who was influential in developing the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare. A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For him, propaganda can be no more than a secondary weapon, valuable only if intended to inform and not to fool.

One topic I found interesting in this book was the clear definition and separation of conventional versus revolutionary conflicts and the statement that all revolutionary conflicts, and therefore insurgencies are political in nature.

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Be the first to ask a question about Counterinsurgency Warfare. Theory and Practice David Galula No preview available – A bit oversimplified, but still a foundational work on counterinsurgency theory for good reason.

When this is the case, the essential problem for the counterinsurgency is that the “actual danger will always appear to counterinssurgency nation as out of proportion to the demands made by an adequate response” p 4. A testament to a book about military strategy is that it must stand the test of time. Mar 20, Teoh rated it it was amazing. The “Laws” According to Galula, there are four “laws” of counterinsurgency. Shortly before retiring he wrote Counterinsurgency Warfare: