This book, first published in 1962, was the first systematic study of partisan war, investigating questions thrown up by the success of guerrillas in the Second World War, where they were never decisively beaten by regular armies. Drawing on lessons from Soviet Russia and China in particular, areas with especially active and large partisan forces, this book evolves a doctrine of guerrilla war in modern conditions, with an analysis of partisans in post-war Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, Vietnam, Algeria, Cuba and Laos.
1. The Birth of a Partisan Movement 2. The Chances of Survival 3. The Chances of Success: Strategic Aspects 4. The Chances of Success: Operational Aspects 5. Guerrilla and Anti-Guerrilla Tactics 6. Guerrilla and Anti-Guerrilla Techniques 7. Relations with the Regular Army 8. The Air Force in Guerrilla Warfare 9. Guerrillas and Nuclear Warfare 10. The Treatment of Guerrillas and the Population 11. On Whose Side Victory? 12. Appendix: On Partisan Warfare in World War II