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S2
12 Jan 08,, 08:17
For your COIN reading pleasure-

The Hukbalahap Insurrection-CMH (http://www.history.army.mil/books/coldwar/huk/huk-fm.htm)

Ray
13 Jan 08,, 17:26
S 2

It adds to my repertoire! ;)

S2
13 Jan 08,, 21:41
Brigadier,

One of America's unsung COIN operations, it was conducted early in the cold war and researched here in 1986- a period where COIN was largely dismissed as a critical element of our operational posture.

It's a very interesting read.:)

adroth
14 Jan 08,, 00:43
Thanks S-2. :biggrin:

Something for us to chew on on our history board.

S2
14 Jan 08,, 02:04
My apologies. This operation was thoroughly dependant upon the Filipino people for it's success. I'm afraid that my comment reads as though the operation was independant of Filipino considerations when that couldn't be further from the truth.:)

adroth
14 Jan 08,, 05:12
My apologies. This operation was thoroughly dependant upon the Filipino people for it's success. I'm afraid that my comment reads as though the operation was independant of Filipino considerations when that couldn't be further from the truth.:)

No worries Mr S. Heavy US involvement in the operation is relatively common knowledge in the Philippine military-enthusiast community.

Side note: The Philippine Army Scout Rangers (similar to the US Rangers) and Philippine Marines trace their origins to this period.

Demosthenes
14 Jan 08,, 05:20
I'm a Filipino myself and I'm pretty aware of the Huks. Though they were very much effective in harassing the Japanese during the Second World War, it doesn't surprise me that they eventually became leftist brigands and bandits.

Here's a funny thing though. I recall reading from a book about declassified CIA operations that counter-insurgency agents once played on the Huks sense of the supernatural. They nabbed the last man from a passing patrol of rebels and punctured him in the neck with a blade then drained all his blood out. When his comrades found him, they were spooked of the presence of a vampira or vampire.

Not surprisingly, the rebels fled the region.

Now, the Huks have morphed into something far more threatening and violent...

The NPA and the Abu Sayyaff...

Happy hunting to all those brave men in the field!

adroth
14 Jan 08,, 09:46
Now, the Huks have morphed into something far more threatening and violent...

The NPA and the Abu Sayyaff...

One could indeed argue that the New People's Army descended from the Huks.

But the Abu Sayyaff . . . I'd say the have more affinity for the juramentados that Gen Pershing faced during the American occupation of the Philippines . . . the folks who, according to legend, prompted the US to switch to the .45 cal M1911.