TITLE

UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE

AUTHOR(S)
Lindsay, Franklin A.
PUB. DATE
January 1962
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jan1962, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p264
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on unconventional war. Unconventional war is the war that is being fought today in Laos and South Vietnam, it is the war that the French fought in Indochina and are now fighting in Algeria. It is a form of warfare the Communists have learned to employ with great effectiveness, and one which they will continue to exploit to the maximum in furthering their long-range objectives. The key to the successes of the Communist guerrillas in Vietnam and elsewhere is found in the fact that they had established control over the rural population as a first step. For every man in a guerrilla force carrying a rifle there must be a large number of civilians who provide the support he must have to survive and fight. They are the source of food, clothing and recruits. Even more important, the civilian organization must supply the guerrilla force with constant operational intelligence on every movement of the enemy. Only with such information can a militarily inferior guerrilla force be forewarned of an encircling trap, a planned offensive or an ambush. This intelligence net embraces not only the peasants who observe military movements but also spies in enemy headquarters who provide advance warning of intended offensives.
ACCESSION #
14718382

 

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