Saturday, 30 June 2018

Urban Counterinsurgency | Case Studies and Implications for U.S. Military Forces

Operation Black Mac: Corporal Tom Westcott of the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, looking at the opening in the floor of a kitchen in a mountain village house, which led to an underground room where six terrorists were hiding.
Technical Memorandum 14-89, written by R. D. McLaurin and R. Miller is yet another find from the dusty shelves of the archives. It sheds some light on past counter-insurgency operations in an urban environment. 

Monday, 25 June 2018

Dutch Military Operations in Indonesia | 1945-1950

A group of Dutch soldiers during the emergency in Indonesia 1947.A Monograph by MAJ Barry G.L. Rockx Royal Netherlands Army gives us an insight how the Dutch tried to deal with COIN in one of their overseas possessions in what is now Indonesia. 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Contemporary Counterinsurgency | Insights from the French-Algerian War

We give express charge, that in our marches through the country, there be nothing compelled from the villages, nothing taken but paid for, none of the French upbraided or abused in disdainful language; for when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner. William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act III Scene 6. One of the opening paragraphs of this interesting monograph by Lt Colonel Kenneth M. DeTreux that sums it up.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Helicopters in Irregular Warfare | Algeria, Vietnam & Afghanistan

French troops disembarking from a Sikorsky H34 helicopter in Algeria
Major Beau G. Rollie explains in his master thesis the impact of helicopters on the battlefield in non-conventional wars. Preface: The preponderance of conflicts fought over the last seventy years have included or been centred on irregular warfare and counter-insurgency. Indeed, the helicopter's first significant trials in combat took place during the Algerian War 1954-1962, the Vietnam War 1955-1975, and the Soviet-Afghan War 1979-1989. During these wars, the French, U.S., and Soviet militaries used significant numbers of helicopters to fight insurgents and guerrillas, and each country lost their respective conflict.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Detailed French OOB | The French-Algerian War 1954-1962

The rest of this amazing find (Thanks FZS-Eagle!) can be found here at the forum. More details about how the French organised their forces and why Algeria was the first real helicopter war, check them out at this and that link.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

JTCS Rising Sun LCG | Invasion of Java

Screen picture for the 23 scenarios avaiable of the brand new LCG - Invasion of Java - for JTCS Rising Sun
Another masterpiece from the Feldzuschmiede; the ultimate JTCS website of the German Wargaming commuity. Worth checking it out on their website. Well done!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Malayan Emergency in Retrospect

A British patrol of three soldiers in the jungle of Malaya in the 1950s.
Organization of A Successful Counterinsurgency Effort, by R. W. Komer. I know, I know my fellow blog followers... yet another 'boring' study about COIN. But wait a minute. Were you actually aware, that the British got entangled in post-colonial struggles, apart from Palestine and Kenya? The so called 'Malayan Emergency' lastet from 1948 until 1960. So, here's your chance to learn all about it.

Friday, 1 June 2018

The Algerian War | A Model for Counterinsurgency Operations

A section of French Foreign Legion section in the bleb, 1958.
by Kyoichi Tachikawa. No, this time it's not a 400+ dossier, monograph or thesis. It's a quick and comprehensive read of just 16-pages that summarises, in a very detailed way however, what COIN strategies or tactics the French employed in Algeria.