From Vietnam to El Salvador: The Saga of the FMLN Sappers and Other Guerrilla Special Forces in Latin America

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - 170 pages

Spencer provides a history of the FMLN guerrilla special forces--known collectively by the acronym FES--in El Salvador. Trained in Cuba and Vietnam and utilizing techniques taken from the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese army, the FES terrorized the armed forces of El Salvador from 1981 to 1992. After reviewing their training, Spencer examines the major operations of the special forces and gives an in-depth discussion of their tactics and methods. He concludes with a look at the special forces groups in other Latin American countries.

After reviewing their training, Spencer looks at the major operations of the special forces groups of three of the guerrilla factions--the FPL, ERP, and FAL--and provides an in-depth discussion of their major operation tactics and methods. He concludes with a look at the special forces groups in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. This thorough examination of an often misunderstood approach to guerrilla warfare will be of great interest to researchers involved with contemporary low-intensity warfare and Latin American affairs.

 

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The training of FMLN sappers by the Vietnamese was particularly interesting. The Vietnamese had mastered silent movement techniques during the Indochina Wars, including through wire obstacles. None of ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Table des matières

Introduction
War of Independence
War of 1812
33
AmericanNative Warfare
69
MexicanAmerican Wars
103
Civil War
131
Political and Social Contexts
173
Conclusions
201
Further Reading
219
Index
221
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David E. Spencer has lived and travelled throughout Latin America, spending more than 13 years in the region. From 1990 to 1992 he served as an independent political and public affairs adviser to the Salvadoran military. Currently he is a PhD candidate at George Washington University in comparative politics. Among his earlier publications is Strategy and Tactics of the Salvadoran FMLN Guerrillas (Praeger, 1995).

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