Counter-Guerrilla Operations: The Philippine Experience (PSI by Napolean D. Valeriano, Charles T.R. Bohannan

By Napolean D. Valeriano, Charles T.R. Bohannan

This quantity within the Praeger protection foreign (PSI) sequence Classics of the Counterinsurgency period by way of officers-one from the Philippines and the opposite from America-who fought as guerrillas opposed to the japanese profession and went directly to defeat the Huk uprising after global warfare II. in contrast to many different money owed of counterinsurgency operations that concentrate on theoretical rules and their tactical purposes, the authors study the capability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of insurgencies. a permanent contribution of this publication is its emphasis at the significance of intelligence in fighting rebel pursuits. With a brand new foreword ready by means of Kalev Sepp.

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Here sits a clay jug keeping the drinking water cool, and beside it a topless kerosene can holding water for general use. The earthen cookstove is located here also during the dry season so that it doesn't smoke up the house so badly. We step inside into the one room of the house, about twelve feet square and void of furniture, but orchids hang in coconut-shell pots in the window openings. A small platform in one corner is the rainy-season cook spot, with an opening in the wall above it so smoke may be persuaded outside.

Punish his enemies among the civilian population. Rely on primitive, often improvised, communication and transportation facilities. Emphasize gaining popular support and good will. Seek to overcome the enemy's will to resist more by psychological than by physical action. Assuming that the foregoing propositions are true, it would seem that counterguerrilla operations should be easy, and so they should. As with so many human operations, it is only the pigheadedness of the humans involved, especially on our own side, that makes them difficult.

One comer of the room is screened off with sawali (woven matting) as a dressing-changing-room. The possessions of the household are meager, consisting of the jugs for water, clay pots for cooking, spoons and dippers contrived from gourds or coconut shells, a few metal spoons, perhaps a metal pot, basin, and frying pan. Knives are the handmade bolos, so important for chopping food or chopping wood. A canister of matting several feet in diameter holds the rice supply, where it will be dry. Across a corner of the room is slung a hammock where baby can be rocked to sleep.

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