Squad leaders today, village leaders tomorrow: Muslim auxiliaries and tactical politics in Algeria, 1956–1962

@article{Orwin2012SquadLT,
  title={Squad leaders today, village leaders tomorrow: Muslim auxiliaries and tactical politics in Algeria, 1956–1962},
  author={Ethan M. Orwin},
  journal={Small Wars & Insurgencies},
  year={2012},
  volume={23},
  pages={330 - 351}
}
From 1956 to 1960, the French Army developed a force of Muslim auxiliaries (supplétifs) as a major component of its strategy to combat the National Liberation Front (FLN) insurgency in Algeria. Aside from their military utility in hunting down the guerrillas in the mountains and forests, the supplétifs were instrumental in undermining FLN legitimacy in the countryside. The rapid growth and employment of the supplétif force dismantled FLN political control in the villages, undermined the enemy's… Expand
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