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Palestine and the British Experience of Counter-Insurgency

  • David A. Charters
Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)

Abstract

T. E. Lawrence’s wry observation on the Turkish predicament in the First World War has proven timeless in its relevance to armies in counter-insurgency, and no more so than for the British in Palestine. Counter-insurgency is ‘messy and slow’; success requires skill and perseverance, both political and military. The evidence presented suggests that the British campaign lacked these essential qualities. It also indicates some reasons why this was the case. In these lie the answers to the two questions posed at the outset of this study.

Keywords

Operational Policy Security Force British Government Insurgent Group Army Officer 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    T. E. Lawrence, ‘The Evolution of a Revolt’, in M. Elliott-Bateman et al. (eds) Revolt to Revolution: Studies in the 19th and 20th Century European Experience, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1974) p. 150.Google Scholar
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    D. Charters, ‘From Palestine to Northern Ireland: British Army Adaptation to Low-Intensity Operations’, in D. Charters and M. Tugwell (eds) Armies in Low-Intensity Conflict: A Comparative Study of Institutional Adaptation to New Forms of Warfare, ORAE Extra-Mural Paper no. 38. (Ottawa: Department of National Defence, 1985) pp. 254–64.Google Scholar
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    A. Short, The Communist Insurrection in Malaya, 1948–60 (London: Frederick Muller, 1975).Google Scholar
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    E. Horne, A Job Well Done: Being a History of the Palestine Police Force 1920–1948 (Leigh-on-Sea, Essex: Palestine Police Old Comrades Benevolent Association, 1982) p. 573.Google Scholar

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© David A. Charers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Charters
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Conflict StudiesThe University of New BrunswickCanada

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