In 1775, George Washington took command of a ragbag army of American insurgents and took on the might of the British Army. Through a brilliant campaign of ambush and indirect attacks, he finally succeeded in defeating the greatest military power in the world, and won America its independence.
Today, the USA is the world's dominant superpower. When they entered Iraq in 2003 they made the same mistakes that the British made over 200 years ago: they underestimated the popular hostility against them, and believed they could fight a widespread insurgence using troops trained for conventional warfare. They are beginning to learn, as the British did, that sheer military power is not enough.
In this hard-hitting book Michael Rose explains the principles of guerrilla warfare as used in the American War of Independence, and shows how those same principles have been adopted by the insurgents in Iraq.
General Sir Michael Rose KCB CBE DSO QGM was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1964 and served with the SAS in Malaya and Oman. He commanded the 22nd SAS Regiment (1979-82) during the London Iranian Embassy siege and the Falkland Islands War. From January 1994 to January 1995 he assumed command of the UN Protection Force in Bosnia after which he became Adjutant General and a member of the Army Board.
Now retired from the Army, he writes and lectures on peace-keeping and leadership.
Fighting for Peace: Bosnia (PB Oct 99);
Atlanta: Civil War History