By James S. Corum

This monograph examines the British adventure in development and coaching indigenous police and army forces in the course of the Malaya and Cyprus insurgencies. the 2 insurgencies offer a dramatic distinction to the difficulty of teaching neighborhood safeguard forces. In Malaya, the British built a really winning procedure for education the Malayan police and armed forces. In Cyprus, the British method for development and coaching neighborhood protection forces usually used to be useless. the writer argues that a few vital classes could be drawn from those case reviews that observe on to present U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine. The learn for this monograph used to be performed whereas the writer was once a vacationing fellow of All Souls university, Oxford collage. the writer used the wonderful library and archive of the Rhodes residence Centre for Imperial and Commonwealth background at Oxford college. The Strategic experiences Institute is happy to supply this contribution to the present debate on counterinsurgency doctrine.

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For details on police training and organization in the British Empire in the 1940s and 1950s, see Sir Charles Jeffries, The Colonial Police, London: Max Parrish, 1952. 6. British Documents on the End of Empire, Series B, Vol. 3, Malaya, Part 2. A. J. , London: HMSO, 1995, Doc. CAB 129/48, “Malaya Cabinet Memo by Mr. Lyttelton” (Secretary for the Colonies), November 20, 1951, pp. 318-348. 7. An account of this era comes from Derek Franklin, a young man of middle class background in 1953. After his 2 years of national service in the army, he joined the Kenya Police during the Mau Mau rebellion when police officers were needed urgently.

3, Malaya, Part 2. A. J. , London: HMSO, 1995, Doc. CAB 129/48, “Malaya Cabinet Memo by Mr. Lyttelton” (Secretary for the Colonies), November 20, 1951, pp. 318-348. 7. An account of this era comes from Derek Franklin, a young man of middle class background in 1953. After his 2 years of national service in the army, he joined the Kenya Police during the Mau Mau rebellion when police officers were needed urgently. He received only a few weeks of training in the local language and conditions before being assigned to command a Kenya Police unit.

When a nation is faced with instability and disorder, there is an inevitable response for local citizens to establish militias and irregular forces for their own security. It is politically unwise, perhaps even impossible, for any national government to ignore the issue of local militias, which are based on the natural desire for local security. The issue is, therefore, controlling and managing the process. General Templer’s program to organize the local home guards offers a good doctrinal model for controlling the process and providing a useful outlet for local groups to participate in their own security.

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