A history of counterinsurgency by Gregory Fremont-Barnes

By Gregory Fremont-Barnes

This two-volume heritage of counterinsurgency covers the entire significant and plenty of of the lesser recognized examples of this common and enduring type of clash, addressing a few of the measures hired within the try to triumph over the insurgency and interpreting the members and businesses answerable for every thing from counterterrorism to infrastructure building.

• presents a very huge insurance of counterinsurgency that spans the interval from 1900 to the current day and addresses geographical parts corresponding to Algeria, India, Northern eire, Iraq, Afghanistan, Malaya, Cyprus, Vietnam, and lots of different areas and countries

• provides historic and geographical views that let the reader to ascertain each one bankruptcy as an self reliant case learn and examine and distinction every one occasion with others to attract classes throughout time

• contains an intensive bibliography that covers all points of contemporary counterinsurgency-based subject matters, together with nation-states, thought, and tactics

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The mother neither moved nor wept, it was her only child. Dry-eyed but deathly white she sat there motionless looking not at the child but far far away into the depths of grief beyond tears. A friend stood behind her who called upon Heaven to witness the tragedy, and others crouching on the ground around her wept freely. 18 26 A History of Counterinsurgency Hobhouse fought hard to draw the attention of the military authorities to the most immediate needs of the internees: better facilities, food, medicines, clothing, soap, and every manner of basic amenity and comfort.

Moreover, while he privately asserted to Brodrick that “Everything that is possible is being done” for camp inmates,26 some of the views contained in his private correspondence displayed a strong degree of contempt for the Afrikaner strain of South African society. “These boers [sic] are uncivilized Africander [sic] savages with only a thin white veneer,” he wrote in a private letter to Brodrick. “The people who have lived all their lives with them have only seen the veneer,” he continued: hence they have no idea what brining up in this wild country has produced, savages.

In November 1900, Captain Phillipps wrote from the Orange River Colony: Farm-burning goes merrily on, and our course through the country is marked as in prehistoric ages by pillars of smoke by day and fire by night. We usually burn from six to a dozen farms a day; these being about all that in this sparselyinhabited country we encounter. I do not gather that any special reason or cause is alleged or proved against the farms burnt. If Boers have used the farm; if the owner is on commando; if the [railway] line within a certain distance has been blown up; or even if there are Boers in the neighbourhood who persist in 22 A History of Counterinsurgency fighting—these are some of the reasons.

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