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The conduct of small wars is in fact in certain respects an art by itself, diverging widely from what is adapted to the conditions of regular warfare, but not so widely that there are not in all its branches points which permit comparisons to be established.

Sekukuai’s and Morosi’s mountains are examples of this, and their capture put an immediate end to the campaign in each case. Like many of the Russian campaigns in Asia, like the French Madagascar expedition ofand like many other small wars, it was essentially a campaign against nature, a struggle against the difficulties arising from supplying the wants of troops traversing great stretches of desert country.

This arises from the social system in such theatres of war and from the manner in which the inhabitants live. Examples of troops being benighted In cases such as these the objective will generally be clear and well defined.

Small Wars Their Principles And Practice

It constitutes one of the most distinctive characteristics of this class of warfare. But from the very nature of such campaigns the enemy is generally operating in a theatre calwell war with which he is familiar. University of Nebraska Press. Macdonalds brigade at the battle of Khartum.

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Pointe to bear in mind. Callwell stresses the diversity of small wars. When the capital is a place of real importance in the country its capture generally disposes of regular opposition. Some small wars of late years have been against antagonists with the form and organization of regular troops. The unfortunate reverse suffered by the Italian troops at Dogalt near Massawa arose almost entirely from ignorance of the hostile strength.


In Algeria the French, adopting the methods of Abd-el-Kader and his followers, made sudden raids or “razzias” – dealt with later in the chapters on guerilla warfare and raids – carrying off the live stock and property of their wandering opponents.

Wxrs Kaffir and Matabili rebellions in South Africa have always proved most difficult to suppress. Charles Edward Callwellan Anglo-Irish officer, had a long and distinguished military career, finishing with the rank of major-general and a knighthood.

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Time was throughout of the most momentous importance. Their Principles and Practice C. The operations take place in countries often only partially explored if not wholly unexplored.

The China War ofand the Spanish invasion of Morocco inwere of the same nature. Fortified posts and depots.

The French expeditionary force of 15, men despatched to capture Antananarivo started with 5, two-wheeled wagons; eventually the flying column which captured the place, and which was 4, strong, moved off with 2, pack animals. In the end organization and calculation triumphed, and the campaign concluded with a brilliant success.

Denghil Callwrll, for instance, became the stronghold in which practically the whole military power of the Tekke Turkomans concentrated itself in andalthough the Turkomans are, in the main, a nomad race; the Russians failed in their first campaign through mismanagement, but the objective never was in doubt, and in their second venture the formidable nomad race, which might callwel, taken years to subdue, was crushed for good and all when the fortress fell.


The conditions vary so greatly in small wars that the principles which govern them, as a whole, are in the highest degree elastic.

Colonial war, Callwell repeatedly argued, had to be proactive: But the event proved that the general estimate of their capabilities and courage was wrong, that the campaign had been undertaken with an altogether insufficient number of troops, and that the quelling of the revolt must have proved a difficult and costly undertaking had it been persisted in.

The first reconnaissance to Saran Sar in Tirah as an example of hill. He was educated by a German governessand then at Haileyburybefore entering the Royal Military Academy, Woolwichin The regular army is being watched in all its operations and cannot prevent it.

The Achin river similarly aided the Dutch in their second expedition against the Achin Sultanate. There is, moreover, another peculiarity which is very generally found in the antagonists with whom the organized forces in small wars have to cope.

It requires special arrangements for its storage as well as for its carriage. So great indeed are the difficulties that arise in many small wars from supply, that it becomes necessary to cut down the forces engaged to the lowest possible strength consistent with safety, and that campaigns have to be embarked upon with armies barely capable numerically of performing the work which they may have in hand. Small Wars was first published in and then republished with revision in and Such cases are, however, peculiar.