For someone looking for a role in the resistance auxiliary they might consider logistics.
Undoubtedly logistics will be the difference between victory and failure of any guerrilla campaign. For supporters of the movement not able to physically fight, participation in the logistical chain would fulfill a vital and necessary role.
What would be some the problems and potential solutions for logistical challenges during a guerrilla or civil war? Are there any historical answers to these questions? I encourage you to study these
references now and develop your own plans based on the PACE acronym.
The resources linked below and more can be found more than one way including the internet, (don’t
forget to use your VPN and free Wi-Fi) some are available at booksellers such as Amazon. Remember to check your local used bookstore or ABE. Also, you will find some out of print titles using your local
public library and interlibrary loan. If you are ever questioned about your reading preferences, you could suggest you are helping (fill in name of a local communist) prepare background for an upcoming Peace and Justice conference at the local university. Guerrilla logistics is the science of planning and carrying out the movement and maintenance of guerrilla forces. Logistics provides the resources of combat power, positions those resources on the battlefield, and sustains them throughout the execution of operations. Logistics encompasses a wide range of actions and the relationships among those actions, as well as the resources that make those actions possible. These actions are all given purpose and definition by the larger art of war, of which logistics is a critical and inseparable part.
Most importantly read this great primer by JSOU on Soviet lessons learned: Logistic Support and
Insurgency by Turbiville
First person accounts from WWII recount Partisan struggles for logistical support and are well
documented in: Beacons in the Night by Lindsay and Special Operations Executed by Lees
From the Pacific theater, Col. Wendell Fertig harassed the Japanese in the Philippines. You can read the details here: They Fought Alone by Keats
In the modern era many lessons can be learned from breakup and subsequent civil war in the former
Yugoslavia. This Q&A by Selco (originally posted some years ago) provides a glimpse into civil war
conditions and the daily struggle to find the necessities of life.
A complete account by Selco can be found here: Survival Stories Memories of the Balkans Procurement.
If you don’t know what to do to support the movement start a vegetable garden right now. Food is plentiful today but maybe scarce during times of trouble and gardening requires knowledge and effort. There is a lengthy learning curve to successful gardening and food storage. Governments have historically used food access as weapon against rebels and indigenous peoples. Best to start early.
Storage: Perhaps it is time to build that out of the way root cellar? Building a root cellar provides a great way to store the fruits of your gardening efforts as well as some additional storage. Lots of ideas on the internet. See also this text on caching: SF TC31-29
Funding: Resistance movements need cash (or Bitcoin). Guerrillas from the Irish to ISS have raised
funds thru a multitude of ethnic or religious “charities” and other NGO’s. How about using “Go Fund
Me?” Governments have often funded overtly and covertly favored guerrilla movements as their
Manufacturing: Just after WWII, during Israel’s struggle for independence from British rule, Israel
developed a clandestine manufacturing industry producing small arms and ammunition. Here is an
example of a secret ammunition factory built to support Israeli guerrillas.
Here is some recent history by the US State Department which sponsored a study of small arms and improvised weaponry production: Small Arms & Improvised Weapons
Transportation: Material handling is a big part of effective logistics. Getting the right stuff to the right place at the right time to be useful. Movement and delivery techniques may be overt or covert. Study and learn from smugglers. Here is an example of drug smugglers using Ultra Light aircraft to move their product: Mexican Cartel Smuggling. Out of the ordinary means of transportation may be used including animals. Pack Animal Operations, ATVs and UTV’s have become a staple of SOF and are widely used in ranch and farming as well as recreational activities.
Finally, make sure you are an asset not a burden to the movement. You should ensure that your family’s food and medical needs are planned for and on hand right now. Use that stimulus check wisely.
Here are some additional resources for study:
Nonstandard Logistics Success in UW by Sheehan
How Civil Resistance Works by Irwin
Death of the Golden Hour – Guerrilla Hospitals by Farr
Improving Sustainment in UW in Denied Areas by Haddick
Defeating Guerrilla Logistics by Grau
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