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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I found Colonel Galula’s book even more relevant now, than after my first read. With his four principles in mind, Galula goes on to describe a general military and political strategy to put them into operation in an area that is under full insurgent control:.

Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents. For a conterinsurgency written init really holds up. I’d highly recommend it for anyone interested in the topic. But only for as long as he cannot be replaced, for it is better to entrust civilian tasks to civilians.

Jul 24, David rated it it was ok. 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.

Research associate at Harvard University.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

Caveat; clear is not necessarily simple, and even if it is simple, to quote Clausewitz “Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult. 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.


Heavily colored by the experience of the early Cold War, communism and decolonization, some of his prescriptions might sit awkwardly on the page of modern analysis, yet there is much that remains relevant and true.

It is interesting to see what someone has to say from so long ago that rings true today. Amazingly relevant today as when it was first published.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice – David Galula – Google Books

Destroy the local insurgent political organization. Strengthening the Political Machine. He does not only theorize but offers practical solutions to most problems facing a counterinsurgent – that is, perhaps, the greatest merit of this book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents.

Second, it is also based on some dated ideas about development, the nature of Communism, a poor understanding of Maoist strategy, and the relationship between politics and war.

Galula examines larger strategic issues, and describes both military and political actions that are necessary for a successful counterinsurgency campaign. Paperbackpages. Cavid 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.

David Galula – Wikipedia

Keeping this emphasis on political action and the laws of counterinsurgency in mind, Galula develops a comprehensive strategy for dealing effectively with hot insurgencies. He is judged on what he does, not on what he says.

Mar 31, John rated it really liked it Shelves: On the other hand, insurgents lack power, but they are much more free to violate both their promises and social norms. Want to Read saving…. 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.

Some of these steps can be skipped in areas that are only partially under insurgent control, and most of them are unnecessary in areas already controlled by the government. Theory and Practice by David Galula”. When this is the case, the essential problem for the counterinsurgency is that the “actual danger will always appear to the nation as out of proportion to the demands made by an adequate response” p 4.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Jul 30, Howard Anders rated it really liked it. Account Options Sign in. Aug 27, Nick Lloyd rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Kinetic attacks; killing people and destroying places will only alienate the people that you are trying to win over. Indirect Action Against the Insurgent. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Galula has been considered an important theorist by contemporary defence experts. Revolutionary War Is a Protracted War.

The population must sympathize with counter insurgent’s cause and voluntarily provide information that will defeat the insurgency. Upon reading this, I realized that I have read this book before – in fact, probably twice before. Many people think it impossible for guerrillas to exist for long in the enemy’s rear.

Why I started this book: In Aprilhe was throry by Chinese Communists during a solo trip into the interior. Selected pages Title Page.

There is plenty in it to make one wonder why the U.