>From Colonel Cooper:
When I used to teach irregular warfare at Quantico, I borrowed a doctrine from Lord Dunsany in his book “Guerilla.”
The guerillero does not fight – he kills.
Guerilla warfare is usually conducted with what we might call “spare parts,” over- and underage types, wounded, and disabled. Such people cannot be organized into combat units with which to confront regular forces. If a guerilla actually gets into a fight he will almost certainly be wiped out, so he by choice takes the initiative, strikes and vanishes. This sort of thing enrages regular armies, as it did those of the French in the Peninsular War. It usually results in savagery on both sides. It is an ugly thing, but it will not go away just because it’s ugly.