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Special Forces Guerrilla Warfare Manual Reissue Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0873649216
ISBN-10: 0873649214
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; Reissue edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873649214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873649216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kurt Semler on August 7, 2005
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I bought this book counting on it being an entertaining read, and to study tactics but not expecting this much information. This book covers all crucial aspects of launching a successful insurgency. It will take you from the beginning planning stages to overthrowing an oppressive regime. I am now up to page 75 in this book, and so far I have read details on how to plan your operation, intelligence gathering, getting the locals on your side, direct and indirect support, engaging in fires, mobility, establishing an OP and LP, and assaults on enemy positions. If you want to wage a war, this book is for you. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

This book has more than enough information to get you started on the path to having a successful insurgent operation. Note that no matter how much you study the topic of waging an unconventional war, it is nothing like actual experience. I would rate this book VERY HIGH on the "Must Read" list for anyone even remotely interested in small unit operations. If I had to give an on line abbreviation for this book, it would be this: T.M.I.
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This is an exceptional book on the subject of guerrilla warfare, unlike Guevara's "guerrilla warfare" this book actually covers tactics in great detail with good drawings showing how to conduct an ambush or break out of an encirclement.

As someone who has an interest in radio, I found it interesting that this book touches on the subject of using packet radio to send messages which is something not mentioned in any other book on the subject. However it does not go into any depth on the subject but anyone with knowledge on radio systems shouldn't have any trouble combining a pc, vhf radio, pgp encryption and appropriate software together to create a relatively secure system.
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Wow... this book is DEFINITELY for Academic study ONLY! This book DETAILS the U.S. Army's Special Force's ability to Train, Organize and Equip Rag tag people into a fighting unit, double quick time.
Unlike many "manuals" this one not only covers Small unit tactics and training, but also covers setting up intelligence, conducting Psy-ops and then organizing a working political system. This is important to long term success, since it saves you from having to re-fight the same battles over and over.
The book walks you through the staging and completion of the first acts of Rebellion all the way up to "Overthrow". It'll definitely point you in directions for further research!
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Most of the patrol skills etc. have been covered in greater detail and to better effect elsewhere. But this book contains an excellent summary of the techniques used to foment rebellion. The author seemingly presents the approaches with a straight face, arguing for "freedom and democracy and the right to worship god" while in fact showing how to be duplicitous, disingenuous, and downright deceitful. I suspect the author didn't see the contradictions but it really doesn't matter because the material is what counts. If anyone would like to understand why so many insurrections seem to be a by-the-numbers game this book will explain all. Why is the situation in Ukraine unfolding in a particular way? Because Putin, child of the KGB, read the Russian version of the same manual. Why did South American right-wing "freedom fighters" pursue a particular approach in the 1970s and 1980s? Because their US sponsors were working from manuals very much like this. So for anyone interested in how revolutions are engineered by outsiders, this is a great little resource.
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I do not know what direction this country is headed,
but if it goes sour, I would like to at least know how to
defend our liberties and freedoms.
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smal unit tactics are taken right out of the ranger handbook, it has some extra features, more detailed platoon/squad formations. if u are interested in spec. ops, read this book
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By Biker Bob on September 28, 2013
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Great reading and reference, but as the author points out this book should never be used for terrorist purposes or by amateurs.
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By Tommy on April 28, 2014
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Good basic info for tactics and governing command philosophy. It gives you a basic idea on how to go about
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