On Guerilla Warfare
(Yu Chi Chan).
political goal, guerilla warfare must fail, as it must if
its political objectives do not coincide with the
aspirations of the people and their sympathy, cooperation, and
assistance cannot be gained.
The essence of guerilla
warfare is thus revolutionary in character."1a
"What is basic
guerilla strategy? Guerilla strategy must be based
primarily on alertness, mobility, and attack. . .
In guerilla warfare, select the tactic of seeming to come
from the east and attacking from the west; avoid the
solid, attack the hollow; attack, withdraw; deliver a lightning
blow, seek a lightning decision. . .
In guerilla strategy,
the enemy's rear, flanks, and other vulnerable spots are his
vital points, and there he must be harassed, attacked,
dispersed, exhausted and annihilated."1b
"After a period of
resistance, it is possible to increase the supply of equipment
by capturing it from the enemy."1c
. . .
[T]he fundamental axiom of combat
on which all military action is based. . . "Conservation of
one's own strength; destruction of enemy strength.""1d
"The movements of
guerilla troops must be secret and of supernatural
rapidity; the enemy must be taken unaware, and the action
entered speedily. . . The basic method is the attack
in a violent and deceptive form."1e
. . .
[T]he principle of concentration
of force against a relatively weaker enemy is
applicable to guerilla warfare."1f
is expressed in dispersion, concentration, and the alert
shifting of forces."1g
"We must not attack an
objective we are not certain of winning."1h
Mao Tse-Tung (1893-1976).
Warfare (Yu Chi Chan).
Translated from the Chinese and with an Introduction by
Samuel B. Griffith II. Samuel B. Griffith II, 1961.
Champaign, IL: University of Illinois
Italics in the original.
Guerilla Warfare (Yu Chi Chan).
Translated from the Chinese and with an Introduction by Samuel B.
Griffith II. Samuel B. Griffith II, 1961. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois
a Ch. 1:What Is Guerilla
5: Organization for Guerilla Warfare. Equipment for Guerillas,
7: The Strategy of Guerilla Resistance Against Japan,
e Ibid., at 97.
Ibid., at 104.