The Salvadoran Officer Corps and the Final Offensive of 1981
About the Book
The “final offensive,” an insurgent campaign fought after El Salvador’s coup of 1979, clearly demonstrated the strengths, weaknesses, idiosyncrasies, and behavior 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 Attaché during the crisis. His intimate perspective brings to life the important political and military events before, during and after the final offensive. His book also offers an historical perspective of officer attitudes from 1931 to 1979. The Armed Forces political crisis of 1979 and 1980 is discussed, followed by a detailed analysis of the final offensive, 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.
About the Author(s)
Brian J. Bosch
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 5 photos, 1 map, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
I. The Officer Corps: 1931–1979 3
II. A Military View of the Armed Forces: 1979–1980 17
III. The Politico-Military Crisis: 1979–1980 27
IV. The Politico-Military Crisis Continues: 1980 41
V. The Conduct of the War: 1980 59
VI. The Events Leading Up to the Final Offensive: 1980–1981 75
VII. The Final Offensive: January 10–13 83
VIII. The Final Offensive: January 13–18 93
IX. The General Offensive: January 18–26 101
X. The Post-Final Offensive Period in El Salvador: The First Decade 109
XI. Epilogue: Peace and the Officer Corps 121
Book Reviews & Awards
“excellent…valuable for its depiction of the unique ‘tanda’ or military academy graduating class system in the Salvadoran military and its impact on officer-corps relationships and on the political situation as a whole…a real and very valuable contribution to historical accounting of the very real danger faced by the government of El Salvador at the hands of the FMLN…recommended”—The Diaa-Log.