Can a Popular Insurgency Be Defeated?

Tierney Jr., John J.
March 2007
Military History;Mar2007, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p54
The article focuses on the role played by U.S. Air Force colonel Edward G. Lansdale in stopping the insurgency led by Communist Hukbalahap (Huks) in the Philippines. Landsdale was assigned as adviser to the U.S. Military Advisory Group (USMAG) headquartered in Manila to help the Philippine government deal with the Huks. Lansdale and former Philippine defense minister Ramon Magsaysay developed tactics that led to the defeat of the Huks in 1953. Groups of Huks had surrendered for being misled by their leaders.


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