Conducting Counterinsurgency

David Connery, David Cran and David Evered

Australian Military History Series - 2

Reconstruction Task Force 4 (RTF4) deployed to Uruzgan province, central Afghanistan, in 2008 as part of Operation Slipper – Australia’s military contribution to the war in Afghanistan. RTF4’s mission was ‘to help bring stability and security to the Afghan people through projects that support good governance and stable communities’. Their work primarily involved construction, in particular the building of bases for Afghan and Coalition forces, and smaller engineering tasks.

Conducting Counterinsurgency uses the personal experiences of officers and soldiers from RTF4 to illustrate the principles of counterinsurgency operations. It provides a vivid and personal snapshot of the work of these soldiers, the challenges they faced and their interaction with the local people. It is a first-hand account of counterinsurgency operations conducted by the contemporary Australian Army in its fight against the Taliban, and sheds light on the little-understood operations of the Australian Army in Afghanistan and provides a better understanding of modern warfare.

Soft cover, illustrated, 159 pages.