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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Evolution Of A Revolt

A classic on insurgency, by T.E. Lawrence.

Read it as part of your professional studies.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Lawrence has, in 25 pages or less, given us an outline and formula by which we can translate our oppression and internal differences into freedom.
JH
This should be required reading.

September 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the line; "for in some ways it is easier to defend a range of hills against nine or ten thousand men than against nine or ten."

September 16, 2010 at 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE BOTTOM LINE FOR US:
Rebellions can be made by 2 per cent. active in a striking force, and 98 per cent. passively sympathetic. The few active rebels must have the qualities of speed and endurance, ubiquity and independence of arteries of supply.
They must have the technical equipment to destroy or
paralyse the enemy’s organized communications, for irregular
war is fairly Willisen’s definition of strategy, “the study of communication” in its extreme degree, of attack where the enemy is not. In fifty words: Granted mobility, security (in
the form of denying targets to the enemy), time, and doctrine
(the idea to convert every subject to friendliness), victory will rest with the insurgents, for the algebraical factors are in the end decisive, and against them perfections of means and spirit struggle quite in vain.

September 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

"for in some ways it is easier to defend a range of hills against nine or ten thousand men than against nine or ten"

Yes, but notice his forces are then soundly beaten in short order.

The victory was won by making an enemy's strength his greatest liability. I can see some parallels and applications today.

Also, note the physical condition of his fighters. Quite a bit more used to roughness and deprivation than most of us.

And, also, note that Laurence's enemies did not have drones that can be flown from the other hemisphere and both see and engage you from miles away at night. That, or long-range aerial assets with the same capabilities. Ever see a modern chopper - a Kiowa or Apache, etc- in action at night? Technology changes the game, a bit, I think.

Still, there are many valuable principles in this document. Avoidance of pitched battles. Letting the enemy keep objectives of little practical use. Break his things where he is weakest. Sacrificing comfort, food, and water for mobility.

John Robb's term "systempunkt" comes to mind, as does "schwerepunkt".

I agree completely, this should be required reading and a launch point for further thought.

Justin

September 17, 2010 at 4:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely a seminal work, well worth reading and re-reading.

Parallels "Art of War" slightly, in the approach towards forcing an enemy to fight YOUR war.

There is obvious terminology, too, borrowed from Chess works, in terms of discussing time and space, and forcing what is essentially zugswang (compulsion to move) onto the enemy.

Thanks for the pointer!

- G
III

September 17, 2010 at 4:56 AM  
Blogger Dedicated_Dad said...

"...note that Laurence's enemies did not have drones that can be flown from the other hemisphere and both see and engage you from miles away at night. That, or long-range aerial assets with the same capabilities. Ever see a modern chopper - a Kiowa or Apache, etc- in action at night? Technology changes the game, a bit, I think..."

No question.

What we'd require, then, is the ability to be "gray men." As they rushed to be lost among the dunes, we would simply walk casually and be lost among the sheep.

The parallels are striking!

DD

September 17, 2010 at 6:51 AM  
OpenID tensmiths said...

tom lawrence must be the nostradamus of unconventional warfare. we're saying the same things today as in those underlined and starred entries.

September 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

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