Originally published in 1954, this is a collection of 32 stories from a variety of historic eras filled with missions against all odds.'The stories in this collection are generally firsthand accounts by irregulars. The principles of selection were simple: Were they good stories-intere... sting, exciting and honest? And did they show fresh and different phases of guerrilla warfare? The weightier writings on irregular strategy and the politics of modern partisan warfare were omitted except for T. E. Lawrence's classic chapter on the former and Julian Amery's brilliant and brief analysis of the latter.'I have tried briefly to set these stories in time and circumstance. As editor I have tried not to draw the fine lines between resistance which takes place in urban communities and guerrilla warfare which requires space for movement. I have tried not to belabor the differences between regulars as irregulars and the native guerrilla in the field. I have avoided the fine lines drawn between a guerrilla who attempts sabotage and the saboteur, the guerrilla who collects intelligence and the spy. In short, if too rigid a definition is observed, a fascinating and vital subject could be reduced to a dull and academic one. The irregular's objective is simply to destroy the enemy. This book attempts to tell of the many ways in which he has tried, and is still trying, to do so.'-Irwin R. Blacker, Introduction
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