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Counter‐Insurgency Operations, 1945 to 1956

David French

in Army, Empire, and Cold War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199548231
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739224 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.003.0006
Counter‐Insurgency Operations, 1945 to 1956

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The British army had been praised for developing in the post‐war era a doctrine to conduct counter‐insurgency operations that allegedly allowed it to wage war amongst the people in a kinder and gentler manner than any other major colonial power. This chapter casts doubt upon the notion that the British army did in fact do this, suggesting instead that the use of exemplary force, not the pursuit of ‘hearts and minds’, was the foundation of the British army's practice.

Keywords: minimum force doctrine; coercion; counter‐insurgency; discipline and morale

Chapter.  10933 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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