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A History of Counterinsurgency [2 volumes] by Gregory Fremont-Barnes

By Gregory Fremont-Barnes

This two-volume heritage of counterinsurgency covers the entire significant and plenty of of the lesser recognized examples of this frequent and enduring type of clash, addressing a number of the measures hired within the try to conquer the insurgency and analyzing the contributors and organisations accountable for every little thing from counterterrorism to infrastructure building.

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The lull in fighting that occurred in the Orange River Colony in the middle of March as a result of British forces dispersing de Wet’s commandos enabled Kitchener to reorganize his mobile columns in that theatre of operations. 30 Space precludes a comprehensive examination of Kitchener’s operations and drives, but a snapshot of small periods of 1901 provides a general impression of their tenor. His principal concern lay in the sheer elusiveness of his enemy, and the fact that notwithstanding Boer losses of 1,000 fighters a month, they continued to refuse peace without the restoration of their independence.

Every farmer is to them an intelligence agency & a supply depot so that it is almost impossible to surround or catch them. I sincerely hope the people of England will be patient. 6 Frustration at his inability to achieve meaningful contact with the Boers in pitched battles in which the British would naturally hold the advantage, Kitchener adopted high-handed and unorthodox methods for “Methods of Barbarism” 21 confronting the problem: targeting the civilian population that constituted the mainstay of the commandos’ support.

64 With the death of Queen Victoria in August, Kitchener took the opportunity to provide a pre´cis of the situation on the ground to the new sovereign, King Edward VII: The enemy are in scattered parties of from 30 to 200 over an immense area, and sometimes in most difficult country, with which they are naturally thoroughly acquainted. These have be captured by Your Majesty[’]s troops. They have excellent scouts and information and generally move away rapidly before our columns can get within 20 miles of them.

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