Guerrilla warfare in countries such as China, Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and former colonies, including Algeria, the Congo, and Rhodesia, have unequivocally proven that considerably smaller, ill-equipped armed insurgents, who have the support of the masses, can defeat professional, well-armed and disciplined government forces, even if they receive foreign support.
With the emergence of global religious fundamentalist insurgencies (notably Africa), and ongoing worldwide irregular warfare conflicts, Western politicians and military authorities wrestle to establish sound counter-revolution doctrine. Whilst guerrilla strategies will differ from country to country, there are foundational principles and rules on which successful counter-revolution strategies can be built.
Our aim is to present the experiences and principles we learned during our successful irregular warfare (counter-revolution) campaign in the battle for Hurungwe during the Rhodesian Civil War. Supported by our international research, we hope to assist in establishing political and military doctrine that might help in similar conflicts.
Perhaps it is time to take a fresh look at irregular warfare and examine a holistic approach that incorporates the political, the military and the people.
The people win revolutionary wars.
"Battle for Hurungwe is a reliable, accurate and true account of people and events by a former Special Branch Security Officer who served in the British South Africa Police. This book has been written without fear...
Former Senior Assistant Commissioner, British South Africa Police
"The recording of Rhodesian counter-insurgency history from the experience of a member of the former Rhodesian Special Branch...
Dr Joshua Chakawa,
Head of the Department of History, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe