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The First Helicopter War Logistics and Mobility in Algeria, 1954-1962 cover
  • ISBN: 9780275963880
  • ISBN10: 0275963888

The First Helicopter War Logistics and Mobility in Algeria, 1954-1962

by Charles R. Shrader

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
  • Publish date: 06/01/1999
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Using recently released French official documents and a variety of other sources, this study explains how the French Army, so recently defeated by the Viet Minh insurgents in Indochina, was able to successfully defeat the Algerian nationalist rebels on the battlefield, while nevertheless losing the war at the conference table. This French success, between 1954 and 1962, was due in large part to the superior logistical system of the French Army and the use of the helicopter to enhance French operational mobility. French counter-mobility measures, particularly the construction of heavily defended interdiction zones on the eastern and western borders of Algeria, proved highly effective against the rebels. Such methods essentially cut off the rebel forces from their bases and from sources of supply located outside Algeria, and consequently strangled and destroyed the rebel forces within Algeria.
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