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06-10-2008, 09:41 PM
Here's (understandably) the focus on Iraq/Afghanistan, with comparably rare discussion of historical parallels like Vietnam.

I'm missing a bit threads about counter-insurgency by non-industrial states.
I'd like to read/discuss about Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone and comparable small wars.

Tom Odom
06-11-2008, 12:23 AM
Here's (understandably) the focus on Iraq/Afghanistan, with comparably rare discussion of historical parallels like Vietnam.

I'm missing a bit threads about counter-insurgency by non-industrial states.
I'd like to read/discuss about Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone and comparable small wars.

For starts try some of what I have put in SWJ magazine on Rwanda. Iwill post some links for you to books n the Congo tomorrow


As promised:
No. 14: Dragon Operations: Hostage Rescues in the Congo, 1964 - 1965, Major Thomas P. Odom. (http://www-cgsc.army.mil/carl/resources/csi/odom/odom.asp)

Shaba II: The French and Belgian Intervention in Zaire in 1978, LTC Thomas P. Odom. (http://www-cgsc.army.mil/carl/resources/csi/odom2/odom2.asp)

Colonel Erulin, Zaire: Sauver Kolwezi. In French. Erulin commanded 2nd REP in the 1978 operation. Listed on Amazon at:

Mike Hoare, The Road to Kalamata. This is a journal of Mike Hoare's first jaunt as a mercenary in the Congo. Available on Amazon at:

Mike Hoare, Mercenary. This is Hoare's semi-historical account of the mercenary operation in the Congo in 1964. Available on Amazon at:

Madeleine Kalb, The Congo Cables. This book offers an embassy and State department inside view of the Congo Crisis from 1960-1963 during JFK's administration. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0025606204/sr=1-1/qid=1144089082/ref=sr_1_1/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Pierre Sergent, 2eme REP. In French. Sergent covers Algeria, Chad, Zaire, and Beirut. Listed on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/2258013704/sr=1-8/qid=1144096351/ref=sr_1_8/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Pierre Sergent, La Legion Saute Sur Kolwezi. In French. Sergent covers the 2nd R.E.P.'s jump into Kolwezi in 1978. Available on Amazon at:

Brian Urquhart, A Life in Peace and War. In many ways, Urquhart was a primary architect of UN peacekeeping operations in the Middle East and Africa. Listed on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393307719/sr=1-3/qid=1144169320/ref=sr_1_3/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Colonel e r Vandewalle, L'OMMENGANG, Odyssée et Reconquête de Stanleyville 1964. In French. This book is the most authoritative sources on the Belgian role in putting down the Simba Rebellion in the Congo in 1964. It can be ordered at http://www.livres-chapitre.com/-O1UQRY/-COLONEL-E.R.-VANDEWALLE/-L'OMMEGANG-ODYSSEE-RECONQUETE-DE-STANLEYVILLE-1964.html

Fred E. Wagoner, Dragon Rouge: The Rescue of Hostages in the Congo. This is an excellent political-military study of the hostage crisis. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/141021057X/sr=1-1/qid=1144092460/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Michela Wrong, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz. Wrong relates the final collapse of Mobutu's Zaire. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060934433/sr=1-1/qid=1144095417/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

LTG Romeo Dallaire, Shake Hands With the Devil. This book is more than a simple commander's memoir of the tragedy; it provides invaluable insights into UN peacekeeping operations. Available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BZ99WY/sr=1-1/qid=1144093706/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Philip Gourevitch, We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories From Rwanda. This book offers first hand experiences in the genocide.
Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312243359/sr=1-1/qid=1144092303/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Robert E. Gribbin, In the Aftermath of Genocide: The U.S. Role in Rwanda. Ambassador Gribbin was the US Ambassador in Rwanda from 1996-1998. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0595344119/sr=1-1/qid=1144094268/ref=sr_1_1/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Human Rights Watch and FIDH, Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda. This study is the most detailed on the planning, mechanics, and execution of the genocide. You may read it on line at: http://www.hrw.org/reports/1999/rwanda/index.htm - TopOfPage

Shaharyar Khan, The Shallow Graves of Rwanda. Ambassador Khan was the senior UN diplomat in UNAMIR 2. It is available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1860646166/sr=1-4/qid=1144168482/ref=sr_1_4/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Mahmood Mamdani, When Victims become Killers. Mamdani's analysis of the genocide as a regional issue is ground breaking. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0691102805/sr=1-3/qid=1144095836/ref=pd_bbs_3/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Thomas P. Odom, Journey Into Darkness: Genocide in Rwanda with foreword by General (ret) Dennis J. Reimer. This memoir covers the author's 15 years as a Foreign Area Officer on the Middle East and Africa with operational tours as a UN Observer in Lebanon and as US Defense Attaché in Zaire and Rwanda. You may read a chapter from the book at http://www.smallwarsjournal.com/documents/swjmag/v3/odom_journey.htm or order it from TAMU Press at http://www.tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/2005/odom.htm or on Amazon or other on line bookstores.

Gérard Prunier, The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide. Prunier offers a first rate analysis of the French role in the genocide. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/023110409X/sr=1-2/qid=1144095672/ref=pd_bbs_2/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books

Colin M. Waugh, Paul Kagame and Rwanda. As yet this is the closest there is to a biography of Kagame. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0786419415/sr=1-1/qid=1144168701/ref=sr_1_1/002-8633662-3731201?%5Fencoding=UTF8&s=books