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Theories of Warfare: French Operations in Indo-China
Swedish National Defence College. École speciale militaire de Saint Cyr, Frankrike.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Human nature would usually organize and sort events to help bring order and clarity to your

life. This also applies to analysis and studies of war, therefore the aim of this thesis is to

determine to what extent the French use maneuver warfare or attritional warfare during

operations in Indo-China (today known as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). The author’s intent

is also to contribute to existing research on the subject of analyzing military operations

through maneuver warfare and attritional warfare. The research has been conducted with

qualitative literature studies of the war in French Indo-China (1946-1954).

The thesis begins with a concept analysis of maneuver warfare and attritional warfare, which

renders into an analytical tool. Through the lens of the analytical tool an analysis of four

operations during the Indo-China war is conducted. The conclusions of each operation are

presented using three levels of warfare (strategic, operational and tactical).

The analysis shows that both theories of warfare are present during each operation but on

different levels and sometimes both are present at the same level. Therefore the author found

that it is not possible to classify French operations in Indo-China as operations based solely

upon maneuver warfare or attritional warfare.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 71 p.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5474OAI: diva2:825577
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)


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