Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice

Originally published in 1896, Small Wars is an ambitious attempt to analyze and draw lessons from Western experience in fighting campaigns of imperial conquest The quality of C E Callwell s analysis, the sweep of his knowledge, and his ability to integrate information from an impressive variety of experiences resulted in Small War s reputation as a minor classic For thOriginally published in 1896, Small Wars is an ambitious attempt to analyze and draw lessons from Western experience in fighting campaigns of imperial conquest The quality of C E Callwell s analysis, the sweep of his knowledge, and his ability to integrate information from an impressive variety of experiences resulted in Small War s reputation as a minor classic For the historian, Small Wars remains a useful and vital analysis of irregular warfare experiences ranging from Hoche s suppression of the Vend e revolt during the French Revolution, to the British wars against semi organized armies of Marathas and Sikhs in mid nineteenth century India, to the Boer War of 1899 1902.The military specialist discovers in Callwell lessons applicable to what today is called low intensity conflict his message is clear, and it is relevant to current debates about conflicts as diverse as those in Bosnia, Somalia, and Vietnam Technological superiority is an important, but seldom critical, ingredient in the success of low intensity operations An ability to adapt to terrain and climate, to match the enemy in mobility and inventiveness, to collect intelligence, and above all the capacity to seize what the enemy prizes most, will determine success or failure This reprint adds vital historical dimension to the growing literature on unconventional conflict.
Small Wars Their Principles and Practice Originally published in Small Wars is an ambitious attempt to analyze and draw lessons from Western experience in fighting campaigns of imperial conquest The quality of C E Callwell s analysis

  • Title: Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice
  • Author: Charles Edward Callwell R. Douglas Porch
  • ISBN: 9780803263666
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice by Charles Edward Callwell is the reprint of the 1896 publication. This edition is from Endeavour Press. Callwell (1858-1928) was an Anglo-Irish officer who ended his career as a major-general and received a knighthood for his services. He personally fought in the 1880 Afghan War, the 1880-1 First Boer War, the 1897 Greco-Turkish War, and the 1899-1902 Second Boer War before retiring in 1909. Seldom is it the big wars that bog us down, WWI being the nota [...]

    2. Written just prior to the turn of the 20th century Callwell attempts to take lessons learned from the numerous colonial wars and put them altogether in a single volume. While there are some nuggets of information that relate to the 21st century most of the book is outdated. Still it is a good historical read. Wither your the English fighting the "savages in India, South Africa, New Zealand, or Afghanistan, the French in Tonkin or Africa, the Spanish in North Africa or the Americans on the Plains [...]

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