By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
This two-volume historical past of counterinsurgency covers the entire significant and plenty of of the lesser identified examples of this frequent and enduring type of clash, addressing a few of the measures hired within the try and triumph over the insurgency and studying the participants and enterprises answerable for every thing from counterterrorism to infrastructure building.
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His forces also captured one 1-pounder Krupp gun complete with 100 rounds of ammunition, one pom-pom, 540 rifles, 204,450 rounds of ammunition, 247 horses, and 611 wagons and carts. 7-inch gun (captured from the British at Helvetia), one 15-pounder gun, one 12-pounder Krupp gun, two pom-poms,42 and two Maxim machine guns. Thereafter, Plumer concentrated his forces and marched along the line of the Elands and Kameel rivers to Eerste Fabrieken. 43 Elsewhere, Lieutenant Colonel Plumer enjoyed a series of successes.
But de Wet’s hit-and-run tactics kept the British confused as to his location and direction of movement. He still managed to sever lines of communication, strike at convoys, and tear up railway lines, to the great consternation of his opponents. He then escaped across the Orange River near Philippolis on February 10—but not before his men and horses had suffered badly from privation and fatigue. Worse still, this second invasion had totally failed in its objectives. De Wet’s men were quite exhausted, and Cape Afrikaners had not joined his force in large numbers.
Of the various measures suggested for the accomplishment of this object, one which has been strongly recommended, and has lately been successfully tried on a small scale, is the removal of all men, women and children, and natives from the districts which the enemy’s bands persistently occupy. This course has been pointed out by surrendered burghers, who are anxious to finish the war, as the most effective method of limiting the endurance of guerrillas, as the men and women left on farms, if disloyal, willingly supply.
A History of Counterinsurgency [2 volumes] by Gregory Fremont-Barnes