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Small Wars Manual (1940)

by United States Marine Corps

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Nice reprint of a military manual on how to fight a small war. ( )
  hadden | May 8, 2012 |
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The term “Small War” is often a vague name for any one of a great variety of military operations.
One of the most common characteristics of the small wars of the United States is that its forces "dribble in" to the countries in which they intervene.
A Force Commander who gains his objective in a small war without firing a shot has attained far greater success than one who resorted to the use of arms.
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Before there was such a term as “low-intensity conflict,” the U.S. Marine Corps were already past masters of the art. This manual encapsulates all their learnings and experiences of what we now know as military peacekeeping and counter-insurgency operations. It covers every aspect of the problem, from the legality and responsibility of the first formal order, through staff organization, logistics, training, patrolling, convoys, native organizations, overseeing democratic elections, and finally planning and executing an orderly withdrawal. The equipment and attitudes may have changed since its first publication in 1940, but the fundamentals of human psychology and military science remain the same: the manual was recommended reading for Marine Corps personnel when they returned to Iraq as an occupation force.
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Originally published in 1940 by the U.S. Marine Corps, Small Wars Manual examines the practical and philosophical aspects of low-intensity conflicts, which were then referred to as Small Wars. It is one of the best books on military peacekeeping and counterinsurgency operations ever written. To read this book today is to look back on a critical era in American history, and to see a blueprint?through military strategy and policy?for the United States? current operations abroad. Topics covered include strategy, psychology, dealings with foreign civilians, as well as implementation of a democratically-elected government. It is fascinating reading for those looking back and those looking ahead.… (more)

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