Counterinsurgency in Africa: The Portuguese Way of War, 1961-1974 (Hardback)
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Counterinsurgency in Africa: The Portuguese Way of War, 1961-1974 (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 25/02/1997
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The first comprehensive account in English of how the Portuguese Armed Forces prepared for and conducted a distant counterinsurgency campaign in its African possessions with very limited resources, choosing to stay and fight despite the small odds for success. The Portuguese military crafted its doctrine and implemented it to match the guerrilla strategy of protracted war, and in doing so, followed the lessons gleaned from the British and French experiences in small wars. The Portuguese approach to the conflict was distinct in that it sought to combine the two-pronged national strategy of containing the cost of the war and of spreading the burden to the colonies with the solution on the battlefield. It describes how Portugal defined and analyzed its insurgency problem in light of the available knowledge on counterinsurgency, how it developed its military policies and doctrines in this context, and how it applied them in the African colonial environment. The uniqueness of its approach is highlighted through a thematic military analysis of the Portuguese effort and a comparison with the experiences of other governments fighting similar contemporaneous wars.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313301896
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 479 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Cann, who served in the Pentagon, lays out the story with an eye to contrasts with U.S. policy. His study . . . is concise and useful." - Choice
"The book will be embraced in Portugal, where the parade of celebrations marking the five-century anniversary of Portugal's maritime expansion prepared audiences for Cann's reinterpretation of the colonial war experience in a more positive light." - African History

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