Dirty Wars: A Century of Counterinsurgency

Dirty Wars: A Century of Counterinsurgency


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Twentieth and 21st century conflict is dominated by counterinsurgency operations, where the enemy is almost indistinguishable from innocent civilians. Battles are gunfights in jungles, deserts, and streets, and winning "hearts and minds" is as crucial as winning territory. From struggles in Ireland to Malaya; fighting the Viet Cong in Vietnam; operations in India, Yemen, Kenya, Aden, and Palestine; and of course Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, this book covers the strategy and doctrine of counterinsurgency and how often it has been spectacularly unsuccessful, leaving soldiers embedded in a hostile population, immersed in costly and dangerous nation-building. This book explores not only the British and American experience, but also details operations by France, Israel, Russia, India, and China. Eyewitness accounts from Special Forces reveal what it is like to fight a war in the shadows against an enemy that can disappear as quickly as it is located.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752464114
Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Simon Robbins is an archivist at the Imperial War Museum and the author of British Generalship During the Great War.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Preface:The Guerilla Threat 7

Introduction The Changing Nature of Counter insurgency since 1899 22

1 Terrorism and Brutality:The German Counterinsurgency Experience, 1900-45 41

2 The Last to Leave:The Portuguese Experience, 1961-74 68

3 State Terrorism:The Russian Experience, 1919-2011 90

4 A Slow, lingering Death:The French Counterinsurgency Experience, 1947-62 113

5 Banana Wars and Other Small Wars:The American Counterinsurgency Experience, 1898-1975 143

6 The Empire Strikes Back:The British Counterinsurgency Experience, 1900-94 177

7 Dirty Wars: Afghanistan and Iraq, 2003-12 226

Conclusion Dirty Wars: The Future 251

Notes 258

Select Bibliography 314

Index 360

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