A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 by Alistair Horne

By Alistair Horne

The Algerian conflict lasted from 1954 to 1962. It introduced down six French governments, resulted in the cave in of the Fourth Republic, back de Gaulle to strength, and got here as regards to upsetting a civil conflict on French soil. greater than one million Muslim Algerians died within the clash and as many ecu settlers have been pushed into exile. in particular, the struggle was once marked by way of an unholy marriage of progressive terror and repressive torture.

Nearly a part century has handed on account that this savagely fought battle led to Algeria’s independence, and yet—as Alistair Horne argues in his new preface to his now-classic paintings of history—its repercussions stay felt not just in Algeria and France, yet during the international. certainly from today’s vantage aspect the Algerian conflict appears like a full-dress practice session for one of these amorphous fight that convulsed the Balkans within the Nineties and that now ravages the center East, from Beirut to Baghdad—struggles within which questions of faith, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism tackle a brand new and more and more deadly intensity.

A Savage battle of Peace is the definitive background of the Algerian battle, a e-book that brings that poor and intricate fight to lifestyles with intelligence, coverage, and unflagging momentum. it's crucial studying for our personal violent occasions in addition to a long-lasting monument to the historian’s artwork.

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Thus, when they would encounter a superior Soviet force, they, as a rule, would withdraw from battle. At the same time, the Mujahideen would never miss an opportunity to launch a surprise strike, usually with a small force. As a rule, during this phase, the armed opposition forces abandoned positional warfare and widely employed maneuver. The Mujahideen could only be forced to accept battle under compelling circumstances. These circumstances included defense of a base or base region or when the Mujahideen were encircled and had no other options.

During this phase, the enemy deployed comparatively powerful forces against the Soviet forces. The Soviet forces did not avoid direct conflict GENERAL STAFF INTRODUCTION 13 with them. The Soviet forces, fighting alongside DRA forces, took the most difficult missions for themselves. The Afghan forces were poorly trained to conduct independent actions and played a secondary role in the fulfillment of operational and tactical missions. PHASE TWO (MARCH 1 980 TO APRIL 1 985) Active combat characterizes this phase.

21 In addition to small arms, the fronts were armed with mountain artillery, mortars, and surface-to-surface rockets. The Mujahideen established regional bases in the almost-inaccessible mountains. They fortified these bases and protected them with interlocking, multiple-tiered defensive fires. The bulk of Mujahideen were members of regional groups and detachments. The local tribal leaders and regional authorities were their "field commanders," whose goal was to organize the tactics and conduct armed conflict in the areas bordering on the regions where they lived.

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