Robert L. Capeci
OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS IN THE PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION: 1899-1902.
(Under the direction of William N. Still, Jr.) Department of History, May 1975.
The purpose of this study is to examine the role performed by American marine units during the Philippine Insurrection; to analyze the problems they encountered in conventional military combat tactics, counter-guerrilla operations, and civilian pacification tasks; and to evaluate their achievements.
A close examination of American military history will clearly indicate that this nation's involvement in small, limited, guerrilla wars is not a recent phenomenon. On the contrary, the armed forces of the United States have a wealth of such experiences which bear a striking resemblance to many political-military clashes of the post-World War II era. Consider such past conflicts as the wars with the Barbary pirates'. The wars against the American Plains Indian', the Boxer Rebellion, and the Mexican and Caribbean interventions in the first three decades of this century. Each was small in expenditure of national and economic resources. Each was limited in political objectives in that the total destruction of the adversary was not a prerequisite for victory, and each required combat operations against irregular or partisan land and/or naval forces, i.e. a guerrilla war.