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The Red River Expedition moved through a country wholly destitute of supplies, the entire force going by boat.

Small Wars Their Principles and Practice

The question of water also greatly influenced the operations of the desert force, and introduced this important element of supply into the problem.

After a [indecipherable] march of some days the place was reached, and was found to consist of a single stone house occupied by an old Lama priest.

The operations on the North-West Frontier of India in afford admirable examples of another form of guerilla warfare that against the well armed fanatical cut-throat of the hills, lighting in a terrain peculiarly well adapted to his method of making war. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Charles Edward Callwell

A man of the landed elite, of the Late Victorian officer caste, and of solidly conservative outlook and values, it clearly never occurred to him to question the imperial mission. In this case it dmall often necessary to injure property. As well as being translated into French, copies were highly sought after by IRA officers during the Irish War of Independence !

But rebels, unless the disaffection has been carefully concealed and unless the movement is organised and controlled by very capable leaders, rarely open proceedings by an effective operation of war. But campaigns for the subjugation of insurrections, for the repression of lawlessness, or for the pacification of territories conquered or annexed stand on a very different footing.

In a treatise which necessarily covers a great deal of ground it is difficult.

Small Wars: Their Principles and Practice – C. E. Callwell – Google Books

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: On the other hand the strategical problems presented by operations of this nature have not altered to at all the same extent.

The unfortunate reverse suffered by the Italian troops at Dogalt near Massawa arose almost entirely from ignorance of the hostile strength. The massacre of a few settlers, the capture of some small defensive post, the banding together of a few parties of armed and angry men, does not constitute a seizure of the initiative in its military sense.


An excellent historical document with valid lessons for today. When the British Empire of the 19 th century stretched across the globe, Callwell gained first-hand experience fighting insurgencies on two continents. It is that in small wars the habits, the customs, and the mode of action on the battlefield of the enemy should be studied in advance.

Upon the organization of armies for irregular warfare valuable information is to be found in many instructive military works, official and non-official. A small mounted detachment and the specially organized camel corps, however, marched the whole way. Both are governed by the same laws, and are as it were, playing the same game. Whenever a regular army finds itself engaged upon hostilities against irregular forces, or forces which in their armament, their organization, and their discipline are palpably inferior to it, the conditions of the campaign become distinct from the conditions of modern regular warfare, and it is with hostilities of this nature that this volume proposes to deal.

He decided to retreat, and the enterprise thereby miscarried. There is, of course, a great variety in the extent to which the hostile forces approximate to regular armies in various small wars; but there is a clear distinction between troops such as Arabi Pasha commanded inand mere gatherings of savages such as the British and French have at times to cope with in Western Africa.

The enemy is often represented by a people with comparatively speaking settled institutions, with a central form of government, and with military forces regulated and commanded by a central authority. Supply both of food and of water is in reality merely a matter of calculation.

Operations and Intelligence Small Wars was first published in and then republished with revision in and He recognised that the campaign he was undertaking hinged upon supply, and with this constantly in view, everything was arranged for deliberately and in advance.

On the other hand, the enemy enjoys many advantages in the matter of “intelligence. Shortly afterwards, however, a column of troops marching. It was not known that there were extraordinary engineering difficulties to be overcome and that the work involved an inordinate amount of manual labour. The operations lasting up to the fight of Tel el Kebir serve as a model of how a campaign should be conducted in a country where the transport of supplies is a main difficulty.

The enemy is generally fully alive to the importance of destroying the water supply, which can easily be done in the case of scattered wells; in the Mohmund campaign ofthe hill men broached their tanks, and this was one of the chief difficulties General Elles had to contend with. Khartum having fallen immediately after this and a complete change having thus occurred in the strategical situation, the desert force after a.


Small Wars Their Principles And Practice

It arises almost entirely out of the difficulties as regards supply which the theatres of small wars generally present. Even more important than the fighting strength of such antagonists, moreover, are their fighting qualities; although these can at times be fairly well estimated it is surprising was often the estimate turns out to be quite incorrect – as in the case of the South African war of This division of the tribal.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. The art of war, as generally understood, must be modified to suit the circumstances of each particular case. Owing to this, one of the three separate Italian columns advanced towards Adowa by night, moved considerably further than was intended by General Baratieri and its advanced guard came unexpectedly on the Abyssinian host early in the morning. It follows therefore c.ec.allwell their very nature, that the initiative in small c.e.cllwell at the start belongs to the regular force, and that the question of seizing it does not in consequence arise.

The transfer by sea of the British expeditionary force from Alexandria to Ismailia, inwas carried out under the cover of a pretended attack on Aboukir.

But the causes which tend to bring about this sars differ considerably in irregular warfare from those prevailing in great campaigns. When the object of the war is to extort certain conditions or to exact reparation from some wags or savage potentate, the capture of his capital will generally have the desired effect. The troops had gained c.s.callwell place of some importance known to be close to Kota Raja.

The fact that tills transport has to be fed itself and that it may have to carry its own food has been commented upon.

Remarks on the arrangement of ambuscades. Some small wars of late years have been against antagonists with the form and organization of regular troops. But the capitals of countries which become the theatres of small war are rarely of the same importance.