Accession Number : ADA295477

Title :   Stygian Myth: U.S. Riverine Operations Against the Guerilla.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Freitas, Mark ; Treadway, Braddock W.

PDF Url : ADA295477

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 159

Abstract : This thesis examines the application of U.S. riverine warfare tactics against a guerrilla opponent in three unconventional conflicts: the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-42), the Vietnam War (1965-72), and the Colombian Drug War (1989-present). The three cases provide a means to establish tactical trends and constants of riverine warfare. From these trends and constants, the authors present implications for a present and future U.S. riverine warfare capability. Most notably, this thesis dispels the myth that absolute control of a riverine area can be achieved by a small force without resorting to total war. The three case studies provided the means to examine the effectiveness of those tactics that have prevailed throughout the history of riverine operations.

Descriptors :   *TACTICAL WARFARE, *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *GUERRILLA WARFARE, CONTROL, WARFARE, THESES, CASE STUDIES, CONSTANTS, HISTORY, PATTERNS, RIVERS, DRUGS, VIETNAM, COLOMBIA, RIVERINE WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE