Strategy and Tactics of the Salvadoran FMLN Guerrillas: Last Battle of the Cold War, Blueprint for Future Conflicts

By José Angel Moroni Bracamonte; David E. Spencer | Go to book overview

the means to fight and to sustain the war effort, a fighting force is doomed. In addition, having a large supply of weapons, equipment, and men is absolutely useless unless you can deliver those men and their equipment and weapons effectively to the point at which they are needed, at the time they are needed. As implied in the opening section of this chapter, strategy and tactics mean nothing if they are not backed up by a solid logistical system. One of the great accomplishments of the FMLN and the forces that supported it was that of setting up a sound logistical foundation. This logistical foundation operated with little change throughout the conflict, and is one of the key reasons the FMLN was able to last for over twelve years of bitter conflict.


NOTES
1.
"Bulletin Board", Soldier of Fortune ( April 1994): 8.
2.
Republican Study Committee, Nicaraguan and Cuban Support of Revolution in Central America: The Testimony of a Salvadoran Guerrilla ( Washington, D.C., 1984).
3.
Uri Ra'naan et al., Hydra of Carnage. International Linkages of Terrorism ( Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1986). See Appendix.
4.
FMLN, Informe y Análisis Visto Desde el Exterior ( Nicaragua, March 11- 13, 1981), captured from guerrillas in 1981.
5.
Interview with FMLN guerrilla who had been a truck driver for the FMLN, San Salvador, March 1990.
6.
FMLN, Informe y Análisis Visto Desde el Exterior.
7.
Lance Motley, Soldier of Fortune ( April 1988).
8.
Peter Kokalis, Soldier of Fortune ( November 1983).
9.
The author saw these weapons personally in each of the countries mentioned. They were very easy to spot because of the telltale quarter-size hole in the magazine well.
10.
Interview with high-ranking FPL defector who spent time in the United States as a clandestine member of an FMLN support group.
11.
Jack Calhoun, "Bush Uses Ploy to Win Contra Aid", The Guardian ( June 7, 1989): 9.
12.
Interview with a captured ERP urban commando, March 1990, who clearly identified the woman as being a member of the logistics command group of the ERP urban commandos.

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