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The British post-1945 COIN scorecard

The British post-1945 COIN scorecard

I’ve been reading an examination by British Col. I.A. Rigden of the British record in counterinsurgency campaigns. Here’s the post-1945 scorecard, by his accounting:

  • Wins: 7
    Losses: 5
    Ties: 1
    Incompletes: 2 (Iraq and Afghanistan)

Well, it’s a tough league.

Rigden has an interesting bio — he commanded a Gurkha battalion in Afghanistan, and spent seven years in company command. That’s more troop time than most U.S. Army officers probably get in 20-year careers. Anyone out there who knows how the British Army works that very different approach to officer management?