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Created by John Eipper on 09/28/19 7:09 AM

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Fighting the Guerrilla: Readings (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/28/19 7:09 am)

One of the best books on guerrilla is The Guerrilla and How to Fight Him, selections from the Marine Corps Gazette edited by Lieutenant Colonel T. N. Greene, 1962.

This book is of course very old, but it is a must for understanding the old guerrillas and then proceed to understand the new ones.

JE comments:  Eugenio, can you give us a summary of Greene's tactics?  As for combating the guerrilla, is there any approach other than a gentle "hearts and minds" campaign on the one hand, or a scorched-earth mano dura on the other?  Both are probably ineffective.

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  • T. N. Greene's "The Guerrilla and How to Fight Him" (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 09/29/19 4:30 AM)
    For me it is impossible to briefly summarize T N Greene's counter-guerrilla tactics.

    The book is a selection of essays from the Marine Corps Gazette, not an essay entirely by Greene. It is divided into 6 parts:

    1) The theory and the threat, including Mao's Primer on Guerrilla War and other essays

    2) Winning in the Mountains: Greece

    3) Winning in the Jungle: Malaya. This contains measures in the guerrilla zone, such as resettlement of peoples and rationing food.  Food in cans was given but each receiver had to open his/her can on receipt so it couldn't later be given to the guerrillas.

    4) Losing in the Jungle: Indochina. Features an essay of General Vo Nguyen Giap

    5) War, Revolution and Terror: Russia, Cuba and Cyprus

    6) Small Units win Small Wars

    The book contains a very rich list of recommended reading for all points, including books by Mao, Giap, Che Guevara, various military and scholars and a book by historian Robert M. Kennedy (nothing to do with Bob Kennedy).

    All the additional selections from the Marine Corps Gazette were available from University Microfilms, 313 North First Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    JE comments:  University Microfilms is now ProQuest, and it moved to the Ann Arbor suburbs.  (Microfilms have gone the way of the punch card.  I can still hear the whirring and clicking sounds of a film reader from my graduate school days.)

    I'm curious about Greene's Chapter 4, "Losing in the Jungle."  Were they referring to the French?  In 1962 the United States was just getting started in Indochina.


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