Mutiny in United States and British Armed Forces in the Twentieth Century

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Nominated for the U.S. Army Historical Foundation’s 2011 Distinguished Book Award.
examines the ways in which existing leadership models and related concepts can be better integrated in order to provide a more developed explanation of leadership failure. The concept of the emotional tone of the group provides an integrative concept for understanding the impact of the leader at the group level. The narratives also emphasize the importance of understanding leadership and followership within a wider social context.


“…weaves together a historical account of mutinies that is lively, immediate and captivating in its attention to human motive and emotion.” -Dr James Warn, University of New South Wales @ the Australian Defence Force Academy

"... It has definite merits and would be a worthwhile addition in filling a missing gap in military history…has lessons for avoiding future mutinies in military institutions by allowing for early identification of the circumstances that engender rebellion. It will be a useful guide to would-be officers in keeping subordinates loyal in trying circumstances, so it should be of wider interest in a managerial sense. It is a fascinating read in its own right, with fast-paced action making for a riveting read.” -Gary Manger University of NSW, ADFA Campus

"...provides a useful social, economic and political context to mutiny at each major historical juncture..." -Michael O’Donnell, Professor of Human Resource Management University of NSW, ADFA Campus

Table of Contents

Foreword by James Warn
1. What is Mutiny and What is Written on Mutiny?
1.1 Definitions
1.2 Review of the Literature
2. Setting the Scene
2.1 The Social Background
2.2 Dogs or Men – Mutiny in the Royal
Naval Barracks at Portsmouth 1906
2.3 Two Naval Mutinies 1909 and 1914
2.4 The Mutiny That Never Was – The Curragh Affair 1914
3. Mutiny During the First World War
3.1 Military Mutiny at Singapore 1915
3.2 Five British Naval Mutinies 1916 to 1917
3.3 Two Executions – Mutinies at Blargies 1916
3.4 Mutiny in the United States Army in 1917
3.5 One More Executed for Mutiny in the British Army – Mutiny at Etaples 1917
3.6 Mutiny and Riots Among Colonial Laborers 1917
3.7 More Military Unrest – Etaples 1918
4. British Mutinies Post-World War 1
4.1 The Background of General Unrest in the Postwar Period
4.2 The Army Mutinies of January/February 1919
4.3 The Val de Lievre Mutiny
4.4 Three Royal Air Force Mutinies January 1919
4.5 Mutiny in the Royal Marines - Russia,
February to June 1919
4.6 Naval Mutinies of 1919
4.7 Demobilization Riots 1918/1919
4.8 The Kinmel Park Camp Riots 1919
4.9 No “Land Fit For Heroes” – the Ex-servicemen’s Riot in Luton
4 4.10 Ongoing Unrest – Mid-1919 to Year’s End
5. Unrest and Insurrection in the United States,
Great Britain and India 1920 to 1926
5.1 Unrest in the United States Navy
5.2 Social Unrest in Great Britain in the early 1920s
5.3 The Mutiny of the Connaught Rangers 1920
5.4 More Mutinies – 1921
6. Mutinous Incidents 1927 to 1939
6.1 Background of Hardship and Depression
In Great Britain
6.2 British Naval Mutinies Large and Small
6.3 Canadian Mutiny 1937
6.4 Australian Mutiny 1939
7. British Wartime Mutiny 1940 to Early 1942
7.1 Mutinies in the Indian Armed Forces
7.2 Mutiny in the 14th Punjab Regiment at Asun
7.3 Military Mutiny En Route to Malaya
7.4 Retreat to Singapore and Surrender, Then Mutiny in Farrer Park
8. Mutinies 1942 to 1945
8.1 Mutinies That Arose Out of Racism
8.2 The Port Chicago Mutiny
8.3 Officers’ Mutiny – the Freeman Field Affair
8.4 Racial Unrest in the United Kingdom
8.5 Racial Unrest in Australia
8.6 Racial Unrest in New Zealand
8.7 Mutinies in the Royal Navy 1942 to 1945
8.8 British Military Mutiny at Salerno
8.9 Wartime Mutinies in the Royal Canadian Navy
8.10 Wartime Mutinies in the Royal Australian Navy
8.11 Mutiny in the Australian Army at the Jerusalem Detention Compound, Nuseirat
8.12 Wartime Mutiny in the Royal Australian Air Force
8.13 Other Wartime Military Mutiny
9. Conscription and Disobedience
9.1 Perceived Injustices with Conscription in Canada and New Zealand 1943 to 1945
9.2 Canadian Mutiny
9.3 Mutiny in the New Zealand Army – the Furlough Mutinies
10. Mutiny and the End of British Rule in India
10.1 The Air Force Mutinies in India 1946
10.2 The Indian Navy Mutinies 1946
11. Mutiny and Disobedience 1946 to 1950
11.1 Demobilization Riots
11.2 A Canadian Air Force Mutiny
11.3 Two Post-war Royal Navy Mutinies
11.4 Post-war Mutinies in Other British Navies
11.5 Military Mutiny in Malaya
12. Various Mutinies 1951 to 1969
12.1 Social Background 1950 to 1969
12.2 Rebellion in the United States Army to 1969
12.3 The Presidio Mutiny
12.4 Mutiny in the U.S. Navy - March 1965
12.5 Other Military Mutiny 1951 to 1969
12.6 British Naval Mutiny 1958 to 1970
12.7 Mutiny in the Royal Australian Navy
13. Vietnam and Mutiny 1970 to 1973
13.1 Mutiny in United States Armed Forces
13.2 U.S. Air Force Mutiny
14. U.S. Navy Mutinies 1972 to 1973
14.1 Background to Mutinies
14.2 Mutiny in the Kitty Hawk
14.3 Mutiny in the Constellation
15. The Phenomenon of Mutiny Disappears
15.1 “Refusal of Combat” in U.S. Armed Forces
15.2 Conclusions: Lessons from Mutinies Rebellions and Refusals of Combat

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