COUNTERINSURGENCY AND BERNARD FALL
Continuing its evolution as a superb resource and site for discussion on military history and policy issues The Small Wars Journal
has put up a transcript of an address by Bernard Fall
" Counterinsurgency: The French Experience
" (PDF). An excerpt:"...There is a hard fact of military life which is very often forgotten, and that is you usually learn much more from defeat than from a victory. Victories are particularly dangerous in terms of lessons. For example, the French came out of World War I absolutely persuaded that the key to victory is a strong, deep, defensive system. The Germans, who lost World War I. precisely against the deep defensive system, came out perfectly persuaded that the way to win the war is with deep, air-supported, armored penetrations. It took us five years of bitter fighting to beat them at their own game. "
Hat tip to Jedburgh