Low Intensity Operations: Subversion Insurgency & Peacekeeping

Low Intensity Operations Subversion Insurgency Peacekeeping Born in General Sir Frank Kitson was commissioned into the army soon after the end of World War II and retired years later in This book tells his story In the course of his service he sp

  • Title: Low Intensity Operations: Subversion Insurgency & Peacekeeping
  • Author: Frank Kitson
  • ISBN: 9780571098019
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Born in 1926, General Sir Frank Kitson was commissioned into the army soon after the end of World War II and retired 40 years later in 1985 This book tells his story In the course of his service he spent many years with aromoured formations in Germany, culminating in the command of an armoured division He also took part in counter insurgency and peace keeping activitiesBorn in 1926, General Sir Frank Kitson was commissioned into the army soon after the end of World War II and retired 40 years later in 1985 This book tells his story In the course of his service he spent many years with aromoured formations in Germany, culminating in the command of an armoured division He also took part in counter insurgency and peace keeping activities in Kenya, Malaya, Oman, Cyprus and Northern Ireland and held staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence He spent the final three years of his service as Commander in Chief of the United Kingdom Land Forces.

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    1. A decent look at how to approach insurgencies from very low levels on up from the viewpoint of a military commander. Kitson does a good job laying out the mistakes that are generally made, covering the broad ideas (population control vs killing insurgents, etc) while providing specific examples that help clarify his points. The book is slightly dated (his reference to a central computer to allow access to compiled information being out of reach due to expense for one) and geared mostly towards G [...]

    2. t is not difficult to see the impact that Frank Kitson's writing has had on US Counterinsurgency doctrine. Many of the organizational recommendations he gives are moot considering they have long been adopted but his prioritization of intelligence collection and conceptual reframing of the battlefield in the minds of commanders are still just as relevant today. Even after over a decade of counterinsurgency operations, it is not difficult to find officers "longing for the good old days" when men s [...]

    3. Essential reading for any student of British military history and strategy, especially regarding the north of Ireland. It is difficult to rate it at all as a book without judging the success/failure of Britain's deployment of gangs and counter-gangs, and her low intensity operations on our streets. Nevertheless, I have given it 5 stars as it is a must-read regardless of how you rate it yourself after reading it. Whether you think Kitson was correct or successful is another book in itself - altho [...]

    4. The other side of "Beneath the city streets". How the secret state was preparing for insurrection in 1970s. My own university was criticized for having too many cobble stones available for rioters to rip up and use as weapons!

    5. Practical work on counterinsurgency from a British perspective. Essential reading for those interested in counterinsurgency.

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