Chemical Warfare

The chemical warfare is the employment as military weapon of the chemical products capable of damaging, hurting or killing the living beings. The chemical products for the war are named chemical military agents and are classifyied under types or categories, according to the effect they produce in the victims. Often the agents are called generically » poisonous gases «, though really they can be and act in the three material states: solid, liquid and gaseous.

Type or category and Examples: military usual name and its(military code).

Nerve  tabun (GA), sarin (GB), soman (GD), VX, VR-55

Blood  arsine (SA), hydrogen cyanide (AC), cyanogen chloride (CK)

Choking  phosgen (CG), diphosgen (DP), chlorine

Blister mustard gas or yperite (HD), lewisite (L), physical mixture of both (HL), phosgene oxime (CX), nitrogen mustard (HN)                   

Vomiting adamsite (DM)                                                    

Tear  CN, CS                                                              

Herbicide blue agent, orange agent                               

Incapacitating BZ

Modern Asymmetrical Warfare.

Let’s see some examples of these irregular social-military conflicts :
Country and conflict nature.   Period.    Military and political result.

Greece, communist. 1946 to 1949. Suffocated.

Malaya, communist, tied to the Chinese etnia. 1947 to 1960. Suffocated.

French Indochina. 1946 to 1954. Creation of both republics of Vietnam.

The Philippines, communist. 1947 to 1952. Suffocated.

Kenya, nationalist. 1952 to 1959. Independence.

Algeria, nationalist. 1954 to 1962. Independence.

Cyprus, nationalist. 1955 to 1959. Independence.

South Vietnam. 1959 to 1975. Unification of the country under the aegis of North Vietnam. Dissolution of  the Vietcong, independence movement of the South.

Angola, nationalist. 1960 to 1975. Independence.

Afghanistan, nationalist. 1978 to 1989. Independence from the Soviet goverment sponsor.

The military counterinsurgents must avoid, therefore, the prolongation of the conflict, which is mining the conviction of their own forces and allowing that the enemy should spread, strengthen and prevail.

Sigue leyendo Modern Asymmetrical Warfare.

Asymmetrical Warfare

The pompously so called «fourth generation wars» are the counterinsurgency wars  or guerrilla warfares or irregular wars or armed civil revolts or wars of liberation or organized banditry, which have always existed, coexisting with the conventional variants of warfare.

They are those that the USA has lost or not winned lately: Vietnam, The Lebanon (Marines pacifying disembarkation, then demolished in their barrack by Hezbollah members) and Somalia (the uncontrollable and unforseeable wasp’s nest of «all against all» of the war lords and the Islamic fundamental militias). They are unequal wars (they call them now «asymmetrical warfare») against an enemy of lower technological military level relative to the regular enemy forces, taken root always in the civil own or occupied population, slightly intense militarily and extensive in the space and the time.
With embarrassing frequency, when the North American human or technological «sensors» detect some probable Iraqi rebel activity or from the foreign muhaydines, first they devastate with ordnance the building, the block, the zone. Then they go to wipe out and to do the body count , because they are very scrupulous with their statistics. Sometimes among the rubbles they can find the corpses of an Arabic innocent and numerous family. There is an excessive use of the attrition, which is indiscriminate and perverse when the enemy fuses with the civil ones. There is a disregard of the active, unexpected patrolling, which needs proportionally less material and human means, but more trade knowledge, moral courage, performance freedom and creativity in the low and intermediate cadres and command and in the men.

Abu Ayyub al-Masri

Abu Ayyub al-Masri is the «name» of the current coordinator of the semi autonomous groups of Al-Qaida’s foreigner muhaydins in Iraq. Those scarcely are 2 % of the irregular insurgents in Iraq, but they carry out the immense majority of the suicidal assaults.

That one is not a name, but a nickname, which means, «father of Ayyub, the Egyptian». It is very slightly identifying, except in villages and places in the field. And it corresponds with our » Xuan from the Priest» (a possible sacrilegious son), «Carmelina’s son Ricardo» or the most ambiguous yet, «the son of the given birth one».

Best books on Military Theory.

I offer a books´list on military theory, which reading will be very useful to you. And that I consider to be fundamental to know better the military topics and not simply to read a more or less repeated history.

I am including one of my books, fruit of my years of dedication to this topic, which content you can examine in

«Maneuver Warfare Handbook» by William Lind.

The classical on modern maneuver warfare. Setting out from German experience.

«The Art of War» by Sun Tzu. Samuel Griffith’s translation is the best.

The permanent and global chinese military theory from a classical author. Its style and content characteristics support the idea of one unique author. With each useful reading, more shades and perspectives are caught. That come to fruition in major richness, agility and depth of thought.

Other “Chinese” books give you a number of strategies (the 33, the 36, the 100, etc.). Its utilization is based on its constant memorization or on iits permanent application. I consider them to be slight practical, for the profuse, diffuse and still confused character of many ancient authors of the Han etnia. What does happen if a different case arises? It seems as if they wanted to conceal their supposed wisdom from the not initiated ones.

«The Soviet Conduct of Tactical Maneuver» by David Glantz.

The Soviet military doctrine that won the War, fully explained. With them they won the II World War. And imposed their economic social system in half Europe, supposed “liberated” from the Germans.

“On War” by Clausewitz.

It is an extensive work, since it fits with the epoch, in which writing little was a sign of inconsistency, little importance and scanty reflection. The books or parts that compose it were finished in variable degree by the author, whose premature death did not allow its conclusion. We are interested in the first chapters on the theory and the philosophy of the war. Other books treat on the tactics of a period in which the enemy deployment was staying at the sights of the enemy command and his HHQQ and auxiliary, placed in a nearby height. He praises Liddell Hart’s opposite: a decisive battle using the maximum own concentration and power on the enemy army. In an age of masses armies, inaugurated by Napoleon, soon was clear that it was not possible to win a war between full armed nations, in an alone great battle. It was necessary a campaign with successive victorious operations, looking for the achievement of the military goals of the campaign (theatre of operations, Europe, Pacific Ocean, Africa) or the strategy. In addition, already there did not exist a genius advanced to his epoch as Napoleon.

«Forward into Battle» by Paddy Griffith.

Excelent book about last two centuries’ military tactics. It has detractors for its sometimes breaking vision.

«Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology», compiled by Richard D. Hooker.

Short articles from some of the best modern military writers. It has works from Rommel, Leonhard, John Antal, etc.

«The Art of Maneuver» by Robert Leonhard.

One of the first full theory about maneuver warfare. And he stands out strongly, expanding the ideas torrent of this theory in development those moments.

«Race to the Swift» by Richard Simpkin.

On maneuver warfare. The best book of the British military thinker. Its reading is some difficult, for its language erudition.

«Manual de Táctica», dos tomos, by Eike Middeldorf.

It is the most complete and current manual on modern tactics that I have found. It has chapters about land warfare using atomic tactical bombs and on the particular conditions of fight: by night, in forests, with extreme cold, etc.

«Estrategia» by Basil Liddell Hart.

Best military theory by B. L. Hart. Easy to read.

«The Foundations of the Science of War» by John Frederick Charles Fuller.

The best book about military principles. Hard to read sometimes. Almost 65 years after its first edition, it was reprinted by the Marines Corps. I got a first edition copy from an American university library. It had many critiques and later the author went back on the underlying ideas in the book. The critiques, in turn, had as bottom that he had an eccentric personality, in a group (the military men) tremendously conservative and established by protocol. He had mystical streakes (Hindu philosophy, yoga) and flirted with the Nazi, being got by Hitler.

«On the Nature of War» by Enrique Alonso.

The «how to do» in war. Recent, full and unusual military theory. It is based in ten «operational systems».

«Understanding War» by Trevor N. Dupuy.

It is a combat theory, based on History, military factors and its figures. I find that his “friction” concept development, took from Clausewitz, is deviant. And he exposes another concept different from Clausewitz.