A Modern War
Major Rodney G. Kyle, Royal Canadian Artillery
2 April 1984
Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Marine Corps Development and Education Command
Quantico, Virginia 22134
This study is concerned with a guerrilla war fought by
two peoples who had joined together enthusiastically to form
the new nation of Pakistan just twenty-five years before.
It is also concerned with the short, violent conventional
war fought by India and Pakistan which resulted in the birth
of the new nation of Bangla Desh. The conflict was
influenced by both the legacies of ancient India and the
contemporary interests of world politics. The study may
interest the reader concerned with the techniques of modern
guerrilla and conventional war, but the study should also
lead the reader to conclude that we cannot understand modern
conflict without understanding the historical environment in
which it occurs.
Unfortunately no primary sources of information were
available for this study. Information was gathered from
military journals and several books on the subject.
I would like to thank Lieutenant Colonel Donald F.
Bittner, USMCR, staff historian of the Marine Corps Command
and Staff College for his help in finding source material
and his many helpful suggestions to improve a very rough
first draft. A special thanks also must go to Mrs. Pam
Lohman who had to transform this work to typescript. Any
errors, however, are entirely the responsibility of the
it is a very very long piece....i thaught it more apropriate to just post the link.