By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
This two-volume historical past of counterinsurgency covers all of the significant and lots of of the lesser recognized examples of this common and enduring type of clash, addressing a few of the measures hired within the try to conquer the insurgency and reading the members and firms accountable for every thing from counterterrorism to infrastructure building.
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I am glad to say our bag!!! , the number of prisoners] has not fallen off as [I] rather expected it would. Considerable areas are being entirely cleared and kept clear of boers [sic] & this makes them thicker in the positions they still occupy so that our columns get at them almost better than they did before as boers [sic] are forced out of their own country and hiding places. This process is naturally a very long one, and takes up a large number of troops, but satisfactory progress has been made and the results are rather better 40 A History of Counterinsurgency than I anticipated.
74 In closely examining a discreet period of operations—this time toward the end of 1901—we may examine exactly how Kitchener proposed to “see this war through,” as he described earlier. In Natal, although heavy and continuous rain and thick mist impaired the progress of columns operating there, the troops nonetheless exerted themselves hard to hunt down and clear the colony of scattered bands of Boers, against whom in numerous skirmishers 21 were killed and 11 wounded, 160 unwounded prisoners taken, as well as 8,600 rounds of small arms ammunition, 400 horses, 5,800 cattle, 165 wagons, 54 carts, and large quantities of food captured.
As he understood that he could neither catch nor destroy the remaining commandos without placing strict limits on their freedom of movement, Kitchener inaugurated a construction program that established a network of light fortifications ultimately consisting of hundreds of blockhouses and thousands of miles of barbed-wire fencing established across wide stretches of the veldt—crisscrossing the Transvaal and Orange River Colonies like a spider’s web—all for the purpose of restricting and channeling the Boers’ movements and thus trapping them in great drives—not unlike a gigantic pheasant hunt—meant to confine them to areas where they could be captured or killed.