Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency

Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency.

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This is an interesting article regarding the relative ease and frailties of both modern insurgencies and civilized life. An interesting parallel to draw between this action and the formation of the ‘Raid Bureau’ under the Auxiliary Division’s Colonel Ormonde Winter., during the Anglo-Irish War.

Communications are the lifeblood of any insurgency wishing to exert influence over more than a few tens of square miles. For both the Irish Volunteers of the 1920’s and today’s insurgents, the denial or compromising of their communication links would force them to seriously curtail their more complicated activities.

However when one removes the telephone and perhaps also the written word from matters, one must go back in time to word of mouth and long standing plans. This is where intelligence agencies and armies have always foundered: in a way they level the playing field, but the insurgents will always have the upper hand! Also such an attack on the communications infrastructure of insurgencies may result in a backlash against the forces of the state…when the insurgent is hard pressed, when they feel they have nothing to lose, that is when they are at their most dangerous.

About eamonntgardiner

Dr. Eamonn T. Gardiner, is a Consulting Historian. He has previously conducted research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans of the First World War serving as Auxiliary Policemen, during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. He has written extensively on British central and colonial administrative responses to popular insurgencies. In 2009 he published 'Counterinsurgency and Conflict: Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War (CSP, 2009).' Published papers include; 'The training of the Irish Volunteers, 1913-1916' (The Irish Sword, 2017); 'Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out: War and Counterinsurgency in the greater Tuam area, 1919-1921' (JOTS, 2015). Research interests include De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism; Insurgency, Police/Military Histories; Institutional Histories; Modern Irish/World History; History of Conflict, Protectorates and Peace-Keeping; Hegemony; Old and New Terrorism.
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