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NCJ Number: 120197 Find in a Library
Title: Guerrilla Warfare: Strategies and Tactics (From International Terrorism: The Decade Ahead, P 127-132, 1989, Jane Rae Buckwalter, ed. -- See NCJ-120184)
Author(s): P Beachem
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Guerrilla warfare is part of a subversive effort to overthrow an existing political system; it uses flexibility in a span of coercion that extends from conversation through terrorism and open conventional war.
Abstract: Guerrillas are small bands that operate from base areas. Their advantages are knowledge of the population, knowledge of terrorist tactics, mobility, and numerical superiority at a selected point of action. Guerrilla groups focus on the dissatisfactions of a population and use the media as a forum to present ideas, pose questions, and publicize activities. The media also becomes a recruitment tool to expand the number of guerrillas. Since guerrilla forces are relatively small, they must only engage in military confrontations at points and times when they have numerical superiority. They act quickly and then withdraw before enemy reinforcements arrive. Mass, strike, and disperse are strategic elements of successful guerrilla operations. Guerrilla activities include intelligence operations, psychological warfare, sabotage, assassinations, and terrorist acts designed to inject fear and instability in the populace. As a guerrilla group grows in numbers and secures territory, it engages in conventional warfare, followed by consolidation and the establishment of a political organization.
Main Term(s): Urban guerrilla warfare
Index Term(s): Terrorist tactics
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