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Civil War Artillery at Gettysburg

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K. ) 2. Bernard Fall, Le Viet-Minh (Paris: Librairie Armand Colin, 1960), p. 195. Chapter 3 THE INSURGENCY DOCTRINE STRATEGIC PATTERNS FOR INSURGENCY Since counterinsurgency exists solely as a reaction to an insurgency, the counterinsurgent’s problems and operations can be best understood in the light of what prompts them. In this chapter, we shall summarize the insurgency doctrine. Two general patterns for insurgencies emerge from the history of past revolutionary wars. One is based essentially on the theory and experience of the Chinese Communists and was offered by Liu Shao-ch’i as a blueprint for revolution in colonial and semicolonial countries: The path that led the Chinese people to victory is expressed in the following formula: 1.

In offensive operations, these second-rate units will also relieve the regular troops from the task of covering and reconnoitering. The territorial pattern of the insurgent’s strategy is reflected in the various types of areas he sets up: Regular bases, areas garrisoned by regular troops (at rest, in training, or in the process of being organized) and local troops, with an openly functioning government carrying out administration, economic policy, taxation, justice, education, and public services, safe from enemy penetration unless the counterinsurgent mobilizes forces from other parts of the country for a major campaign.

A high ratio of rural to urban population gives an advantage to the insurgent; the OAS in Algeria was doomed tactically because it could rely only on the European population, which was concentrated in cities, particularly Algiers and Oran. The control of a town, which is extremely dependent on outside supplies, requires smaller forces than the control of the same number of people spread over the countryside—except in the case of a mass uprising, which can never last long in any event. 8. Economy.

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