Just as I was deciding that I would need to man the other vehicles to get some security out, I heard the chatter of machine-gun fire coming from the west side of the compound, followed by the popping of M-4s. Just as its predecessor has been a hallmark of military instruction, The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa will draw the road map for counterinsurgency in the postmodern world. I stumbled across this book while looking to replace my copy of Swinton's The Defence of Duffer's Drift which I appeared to have misplaced over the years. When Forethoughts men fired their weapons the enemy died, when the enemy fired at them they died, when he adjusted his tactical defense, it caused the enemy to react, and in order to keep the locals from speaking to Boer commandos, he basically locked them up so they couldnt provide information to the commandos. From the lessons they learned during multiple tours of duty in Iraq, two American veterans have penned The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa, an instructional parable of counterinsurgency that addresses the myriad of difficulties associated with war in the postmodern era. Military leaders today face a myriad of complex situation on the battlefield. Security is the number one priority.
And very useful to the arm chair generals community. Just as its predecessor has been a hallmark of military instruction, The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa will draw the road map for counterinsurgency in the postmodern world. In the new era of technological advances and modern weapons it is still the human dimension and the decision making process that is still the critical piece on the battlefield. At the north end of the enclosure sat the main building. Swintonand 8217;s classic of British imperial warfare. Accompanied here by the original novella that inspired it, The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa offers an invaluable resource for cadets and junior military leaders seeking to master counterinsurgency warfareand 8212;as well as general readers seeking a deeper understanding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Copyright notice: Excerpt from pages 1—9 of The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa by Michael L.
The learning process opens new layers of understanding every time. Looking toward the road, all I could see was a billowing cloud of black smoke obscuring the early morning sun. I suspect that many of the lessons described in the text would apply reasonably well to Afghanistan and similar environs. About the Book The Defense of Jisr Al Doreaa is a short fictional novella to give cadets, lieutenants and junior leaders an understanding of the application of counter-insurgency fundamentals. Nagl Subject: Iraq War, 2003 Subject: Tactics Subject: Guerrilla warfare Subject: Science Reference-Technology. As the pain of my injury burned these lessons into my memory, I found myself somehow drifting into another dream.
But it's kinda perfect that the book led to a modern version, for exactly the same purpose. Most of the guys were already asleep. The new American Way of Counterinsurgency has become a religion. Agreeing with their assessment, I stripped off my gear, pausing for a moment to look toward the river. As I war-gamed a valiant firefight in my head, I was brought back to the task at hand by Red 2, my senior scout. My ears were ringing; everything seemed to be moving in slow motion: dirt, rocks, sand, concrete, and ash were pelting me.
The Defense of Jisr Al-Doreaa is very similar to Swinton's work, but set in the modern counter-insurgency setting of Iraq. Cavalry where he controlled the densely populated and volatile Adhamiyah region in the heart of Baghdad. The days of a dug-in tank defense were over. I counted ten men left inside the building, some wounded, all shooting from the windows and doors. Following the invasion of Iraq in 2003 the U. A number of men gave us hard stares.
Bur This is a re-read for me, because I chose to teach this in my Literature of Warfare class. Note: Contents data are machine generated based on pre-publication provided by the publisher. Both are a joy to read, and impart good tactical lessons. Especially ironic since I believe the blacks of Africa were already Christian by 1902 anyway. ©2009 by The University of Chicago.
In this tactical primer based on the military classic The Defence of D. It reads to me like a history of the conflict as it would be told by a smart American platoon leader. Com Thank you, for reading or download this The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa Author by in , may be useful for you and we will update it about the latest Best Kindlebook and you can download it for free trial in for a few days. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 where he served in al-Anbar province, Iraq. From the training they found out for the duration of more than one excursions of duty in Iraq, two American veterans have penned The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa, an educational parable of counterinsurgency that addresses the myriad of difficulties associated with conflict within the postmodern generation. Red 5 and I were trouncing the platoon sergeant and Red 2 when a call came over the handheld radio. Burgoyne is a captain in the United States Army who was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2005.
Looking up from the ground, I watched five more mortar rounds crash into the outpost. A tall concrete-block wall surrounded the outpost and extended to the bank of the river. Here's my review from my first reading, back in 2009: My daily quota of military science reading grinds on, and the latest victim is The Defense of Jisr Al-Doreaa, by Michael L. Navy found itself in a war with a lethal and adaptive insurgency, where the divisions between enemy and best friend were ambiguous at first-class, and running with the nearby population become essential for daily survival. I heard the steady whomp-whomp-whomp of the Apache helicopters before I saw them come into view, circling the compound. A punchy, short, yet informative book. As the protagonist struggles along with his missions and grapples with the outcomes of his mistakes, he develops a keen expertise of counterinsurgency basics and the capability pitfalls of operating with the local populace.
No major threats there, I thought; I was almost disappointed that my first mission would be such a cakewalk. Blood was everywhere, and smoke from the burning vehicles by the gate made it hard to breathe. Also we have created a website to provide instructors, students and readers with an opportunity to utilize color maps and products with the book as well as expand on the scenario with professional development tools. But it's kinda perfect that the book led to a modern version, for exactly the same purpose. Both are a joy to read, and impart good tactical lessons. Marckwardt, also a captain in the United States Army, served in Iraq in 2005 and 2007. Besides, what kind of insurgent force would take on Bradleys and American troops armed with M-4 rifles and M-240 machine guns? Marckwardt ; with a foreword by John A.