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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One of the authentic and detailed exposition on the nature galuoa cause of insurgency. Establish contact with the population and control its movements in order to cut off its links with the guerillas Destroy the local insurgent political organizations Set up, by means of elections, new provisional local authorities.

Dec 17, Counterinsurgencg Balsamo rated it liked it. Theory and Practice by David Galula. This requires political programs aimed at placating the insurgent’s base. This is a short theoretical essay on counterinsurgency war by an expert with ties to the French military.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula

A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare. It’s 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.

From Strategy to Tactics.

One of the more interesting chapters related to the gslula doctrine, in particular what Galula describes as ‘Orthodox pattern’. Guidelines for Using Beyond Intractability resources.


Retrieved from ” https: Jun 24, Mscout rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 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. Aug 27, Nick Lloyd rated it really liked it Shelves: One of Galula’s laws is, “In any conterinsurgency, whatever the cause, there will be an active minority for the cause, a neutral majority, and an active minority against the cause”.

It is only undisciplined troops who make counterisnurgency people their enemies and who, like the fish out of its native element cannot live. Test these authorities by assigning them various concrete tasks.

Counterinsurgency Warfare

They can act directly on the insurgent leaders, they can act indirectly on the conditions that are propitious to an insurgency, they can infiltrate the insurgent movement, or they can reinforce their own “Political Machine”.

And yet, in these wars, the civilians barely showed. Theory and Practice by David Galula”. Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics. Counterinsurgenct took a lot more effort than I was expecting but my biggest frustration is that this book was written in and our military is still learning the lessons in here the hard way.

Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

The population must sympathize with counter insurgent’s cause galua voluntarily provide information that will defeat the insurgency. His wisdom is highlighted by the historical references and aphorisms which help illustrate the fundamental concepts only counterinxurgency make them seemingly simple.


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. Further, the counterinsurgency must learn and adapt as it goes along. Return to Book Page.

On the other hand, insurgents lack power, but they are much more free to violate both their promises and social norms. David Galula was a French military officer and scholar who was influential in developing the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare.

That is, the support of the people is the primary objective of a counterinsurgency campaign. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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Unfortunately, an insurgent’s cause is conuterinsurgency impossible for a state to adopt, without relinquishing its power. A victory [in a counterinsurgency] is not the destruction in a given area of the insurgent’s forces and his political organization. To do so, it is necessary to keep a single static or holding force in place. This book is, perhaps, the most definitive manual for an initiate in the subject of counterinsurgency.