Apache Tactics

APACHE TACTICS

 

You can never read enough about Guerilla Warfare tactics and history.

I would urge everybody to invest in a flash drive where you can keep reference materials like this handy.

I would also urge all my readers to go over to Active Response Training and sign up for email alerts.

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Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

One Shot One Kill

One Shot, One Kill

A decent essay on the subject.

Check out my offering, Urban Guerilla Sniping v3.0

The bottom line is that this is no longer leisure reading for the Tactical Golfer.

Some seriously nasty Ungentlemanly Warfare is coming our way.

Prepare Accordingly.

 

Watch It Again: The Battle Of Algiers

This is, without a doubt, the most critical film you need to watch when it comes to asymmetric warfare. It has been screened at least since the 1970s to Special Forces candidates, Intelligence Agency staff, and in graduate level Sociology courses. And for a damn good reason- it is the most accurate film on how…

Watch It Again: The Battle Of Algiers — American Partisan

The Surveillance State: Shot-Spotter

From the Archives, 2016

With the proverbial ice cream turning to shit across this Nation, and Urban Warfare (ie Street Fighting) about to become a SOLID reality, I thought it relevant to review some of Big Brother’s CRIME FIGHTING (or Counter-Insurgency) toys so we all can all plan accordingly.

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LISTENING FOR GUNSHOTS

With City, State and Federal Governments now outsourcing AUDIO surveillance to companies like this, it does not take too vivid an imagination to understand the next step in the TOTAL Surveillance plan which is recording your conversations in public.

And just think: This technology and the companies that exist because of it all started with the simple premise of keeping you SAFE through “Counter-Terrorism” and the Patriot Act when in truth “anti-crime” and “counter-terrorism” are just $5 dollar fear words so the Government Gangsters can justify spending hundreds of Millions in preparing for civil unrest and martial law they know are coming.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Mean Streets: The Clash of Technology and Terrain in Urban Warfare

From the Archives, 2016

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 In urban environments, the playing field is levelled between the conventional armies and insurgents

 

BE IT ALEPPO or Damascus, Mosul or Ramadi, or even Eastern Ukraine, combatants in today’s conflicts are frequently fighting in and over urban areas.

The decision to wage war in cities is driven in part by modern military technology. Frequently, lightly equipped insurgent forces simply cannot survive on open terrain against even a moderately well-equipped conventional force. Their forte is the close combat that is best found in cityscapes.

Urban areas provide an abundance of cover, like walls, basements, sewers and piles of rubble, that frequently negate the advanced sensors and smart technology of 21stCentury militaries. Such obstacles transform urban engagements into short-ranged wars of attrition, which offset the advantages conventional armies normally enjoy in more open environments. Civilian populations only add additional challenges for armies given prevailing modern international norms on non-combatant casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure. This makes cities even more desirable battlegrounds for non-state actors as fighting in such settings raises the costs for the states that are trying to dislodge them.

The Birth of Urban Warfare

Historians can trace this collision of urban terrain and modern military technology back to the mid-19th century.

In the 1800s, as industrializing cities expanded, traditional defensive walls were rendered impractical. Advances in the range and destructiveness of artillery made such fortifications obsolete. Urban warfare began the shift from the protracted siege of the Middle Ages to the street-to street fighting of the modern era. Of course sieges still occurred (e.g., Paris 1870, Leningrad 1941 to 1944) but more often, battles were being fought within the cities themselves (e.g., Stalingrad 1942, Manila 1945, Seoul 1950, Hue 1968).

Cities: The Level Playing Field

Unfortunately for conventional armies, breakthroughs in weaponry made for modern mass armies that were better suited for war on open ground. Smooth-bore muskets, rarely effective beyond 100 meters, gave way to bolt-action rifles and machine guns that could cut down masses of men out to 1,000 meters with unprecedented rates of fire. Tanks and ground attack aircraft (both fixed and rotary wing) were also made for wide open environments.

But in urban environments, the playing field is levelled between conventional armies and insurgents. This is not to say guerrilla forces can prevail against advanced militaries, but they can inflict significant (if not intolerable) losses on their conventional opponents, even while taking grievous casualties in the process. In rare cases, insurgents might even give as well as they get (e.g., Chechen rebels in Grozny in 1995). Yet sometimes even just killing a few enemy soldiers can be enough to deliver a movement a strategic victory (e.g., Mogadishu 1993).

So the next time you see a news report of insurgents fighting in urban terrain, consider both why they chose to fight there and look for how the conventional opponents are seeking to overcome the challenges of that difficult terrain.

Dr. Alec Wahlman is an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. His recently released book, Storming the City, assesses U.S. military performance in four major urban battles from WWII to Vietnam.

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