Many have written asking on the progress of my planned book and exactly what it will cover in terms of military operations in Africa.
To date, I have completed 20 chapters. They are as follows:
Chapter 1: Understanding war and conflict in Africa
Chapter 2: The relationship between political strategy and military strategy
Chapter 3: Understanding strategic warfare
Chapter 4: Developing an African art of war
Chapter 5: Land warfare principles in Africa
Chapter 6: Military operations related to war
Chapter 7: Operations other than war
Chapter 8: Intelligence operations
Chapter 9: The development of doctrine
Chapter 10: The phases of war
Chapter 11: Reconnaissance
Chapter 12: The advance
Chapter 13: The attack
Chapter 14: Consolidation
Chapter 15: Exploitation
Chapter 16: Defence
Chapter 17: A concept force for manoeuvre
Chapter 18: A concept force for counter insurgency
Chapter 19: A concept force for semi-conventional warfare
Chapter 20: Pseudo Operations
Chapter 21: Night operations
There will probably be an additional 5 chapters (I have not yet named them) added to the above.
To date, chapters 1 to 8 have been edited and I am still working on bits and pieces in chapters 9 to 21 before I submit them to my editor, Dr Deane-Peter Baker, a lecturer at the US Naval Academy. Deane has done a great job on the chapters he has had under pen and I am really happy at the guidance he has given me.
Unfortunately, time has been a constant threat to my efforts and I write when I can.
The reaction I have had from the blog readership as well as several African armies has been very encouraging so I continue to slog away when I have time.
My hope is that once the book has seen the light of day, those who read it will be able to have a better understanding of this very demanding and different theatre of conflict and war and if called upon, will be able to make a positive contribution to ending that which has and continues to devastate Africa.