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The Salvadoran Officer Corps and the Final Offensive of 1981

The Salvadoran Officer Corps and the Final Offensive of 1981 (Paperback)

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The ""final offensive,"" an insurgent campaign fought after El Salvador's coup of 1979, clearly demonstrated the strengths, weaknesses, idiosyncrasies, and behaviour of the Salvadoran officer corps. During this crucial period, the military institution faced the double threat of internal politics and a rebel guerrilla army.Colonel Bosch served as the U.S. Embassy's Defense and Army Attache during the crisis. His intimate perspective brings to life the important political and military events before, during and after the final offensive. His book gives an historical perspective as well, tracing the development of officer attitudes from 1931 to 1979. The Armed Forces political crisis of 1979 and 1980 is discussed, followed by a detailed recounting of the offensive itself. The results of the offensive are analysed, including the short-lived cohesiveness shown by the officer corps and the divisiveness that lasted through the war and into peace. The text is complemented by a map and photographs.

Brian J. Bosch, Colonel, United States Army, retired from service after 30 years, most of which were spent in military intelligence. In 1970-1974, he served as the U.S. Embassy's army attache in the Dominican Republic. Subsequent positions included Defense and Army Attache in El Salvador, Defense Intelligence Officer for Latin America in the Pentagon, and chief of military attache operations in Latin America. Now living in Arlington, Virginia, USA he has written for professional and academic journals on political and military affairs.

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