By Katcher Ph., Bryan T..
Maybe the main influential arm of both military within the prosecution of the yankee Civil conflict, the artillery of each side grew to become hugely expert agencies, centralizing their artillery, organizing artillery battalions from person batteries and giving their commanders greater ranks than box artillerymen had formerly held. In conflict, the creation of the 12-pdr. Napoleon , heavily via rifled cannon, supplied a spread and tool formerly unknown on American soil. This booklet information this very important cog within the war-machine of either side.
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25 For the same reasons, indirect (or unintentional) assistance, such as the Japanese gave to Mao Tse-tung by mauling Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang armies, and to Ho Chi Minh by humiliating the French, was unavailable. 26 That factor in itself might have proved decisive in the long run, although the Huks were doing well enough without such aid up until 1951. But, beginning that year, they encountered the effective policies of Ramon Magsaysay. In contrast to the failed methods of the Japanese Army and Quirino’s Constabulary, he greatly improved the military’s treatment of civilians, put into practice a workable amnesty program – both of which steps led to invaluable intelligence – and increased military pressure on guerrilla areas.
Why the Huks Lost The most obvious weakness of the Huks was their inability to receive outside assistance. Certainly, such aid is no guarantee of insurgent success: witness the Greek Communists, the Viet Cong, and the IRA. But help for the insurgent side from foreign sources played an important and sometimes determining role in conflicts such as the American War of Independence, the Spanish revolt against Napoleon, the anti-Nazi insurgency in Yugoslavia, and the Afghan struggle against the Soviets.
Most of all, Magsaysay was determined that the approaching mid term Congressional elections of 1951 would be clean. He used the army to discourage intimidation and eliminate ballot-box stuffing. Consequently the opposition Nacionalista Party won a landslide victory. Years later, Ernesto Guevara would write that it is impossible to make a successful insurgency against a government that is democratic, or even pretends to be such. qxd 22/11/07 14:42 Page 52 COUNTERINSURGENCY IN MODERN WARFARE Magsaysay to the Presidency In 1953 President Quirino was seeking re-election.