Rocking the Casbah: 10 Parachute Division and the Battle for Algiers—1957
The chapter will first place the French 10th Parachute Division’s conduct in Algiers into the wider politico-military context before analysing the efficiency of the tactical actions it conducted in support of the government of the day. The ‘battle’ which followed was, in fact, two battles. Highly kinetic, operations were brutally efficient, even if the initial tactical success had to be regained as the troops were withdrawn prematurely and then had to conduct a second phase in order to affirm control. In winning tactical victory, the French employed a range of innovative techniques to break into and then win control of ground. Their methodology raises legal, moral, and political concerns. The chapter will draw conclusions and assess the relevance of the battle to today’s operational challenges.
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