Strategy And Tactics Of The Salvadoran Fmln Guerrillas

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This book examines the military organization, strategy, and tactics of the Salvadoran FMLN guerrillas during their efforts to overthrow the government. It is largely based on the authors' personal collections of guerrilla documents captured in the war, interviews with former and captured guerrillas, and personal combat experience during one of the fiercest wars fought in the Western hemisphere in the 20th century. The book describes the guerrilla tactics from a technical point ...

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Overview

This book examines the military organization, strategy, and tactics of the Salvadoran FMLN guerrillas during their efforts to overthrow the government. It is largely based on the authors' personal collections of guerrilla documents captured in the war, interviews with former and captured guerrillas, and personal combat experience during one of the fiercest wars fought in the Western hemisphere in the 20th century. The book describes the guerrilla tactics from a technical point of view, and their evolution during the war in El Salvador.

It includes discussions of such tactical concepts as concentration and deconcentration, urban combat, anti-air defense, the use of mines, and homemade weapons. It contains a chapter on the FMLN special forces—they were responsible for most of the spectacular attacks of the war—and it examines the sophisticated logistical system of the FMLN that made the prolonged war possible. Wherever possible, these concepts are illustrated by actual combat experiences from sources on both sides of the conflict. An important text for all concerned with guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency. Latin Americanists and students of the developing world will also find much of interest.

"Excellent description and analysis"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Based on information acquired through personal combat experience, describes the strategy and tactics that proved most effective for the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front in El Salvadore for two decades and that have been adapted by other guerilla operations in Latin America and elsewhere. Examines the general organization of the movement, force categories, special select forces, urban combat, defense, logistics, support, sanctuary, and other aspects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275950187
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1995
  • Pages: 218
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSE ANGEL MORONI BRACAMONTE is the pen name of a combatant in the war.

DAVID E. SPENCER spent five years between 1987 and 1992 travelling to and studying the guerrilla war.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acronyms
Introduction
1 Background to the Insurgent Movement in El Salvador 1
2 FMLN Strategy 13
3 General Organization of the Insurgent Movement in El Salvador 43
4 Force Categories of the FMLN 53
5 Special Select Forces (FES) 73
6 FMLN Battle Tactics 93
7 Urban Combat Tactics 115
8 Defensive Guerrilla Tactics 139
9 Guerrilla Logistics/Support/Sanctuary 175
Bibliography 187
Index 193
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