Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency

Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency.

(image from www.todayinirishhistory.com)

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

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at https://eamonntgardiner.wordpress.com/ My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.
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