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MAO ZEDONG - MAO TSE-TUNG

   
On Guerilla Warfare (Yu Chi Chan).

"Without a 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 CLAUSEWITZ GUEVARA

"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 SUN TZU CLAUSEWITZ GUEVARA

"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 SUN TZU

" . . . [T]he principle of concentration of force against a relatively weaker enemy is applicable to guerilla warfare."1f JOMINI CLAUSEWITZ

"Guerilla initiative 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 GUEVARA


  

Mao Tse-Tung (1893-1976). On 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 Press.
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* Italics in the original.

1 Mao Tse-Tung (1893-1976). On 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 Press.
a Ch. 1:What Is Guerilla Warfare?, at 43.
b Ibid., at 46.
c Ch 5: Organization for Guerilla Warfare. Equipment for Guerillas, at 83.
d Ch 7: The Strategy of Guerilla Resistance Against Japan, at 95.
e Ibid., at 97.
f Ibid., at 98.
g
Ibid., at 104.
h Ibid., at 112.

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