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Operation barras: Kan principerna överraskning & Hastighet förklara det taktiska genomförandet?
Swedish Defence University.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

On 10 September 2000, the British Special Forces conducted Operation Barras that aimed to free seven soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment held hostage by a guerrilla group during the civil war in Sierra Leone. The problem that the study aims to explain is if the tactical execution was significant in the success of the operation and, if so, what was successful. The purpose of this study is to explain what made Operation Barras successful by studying its tactical execution. To do this, the principles of speed and surprise from McRavens theory of relative superiority have been used to conduct a qualitative case study.

The results of the survey show that the principles are used and that they contributed to the success of the tactical execution. It was primarily the principle of surprise that could explain why the execution was successful. The principle of speed was used in the initial stage but this declined because of a strong-willed opponent. Those principles provide two perspectives on studying the operation and its complexity. The study can fill part of the gap found in research on what it was that made operation Barras successful and contribute to further understanding within the area of special operations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
Operation Barras, SAS, William H. McRaven, Sierra Leone, surprise, speed
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6270DiVA: diva2:952432
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2016-10-06 Created: 2016-08-12 Last updated: 2016-12-13Bibliographically approved

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