This book, first published in 1963, is an analysis of modern warfare in the enemy’s rear, written by the leading authority on irregular warfare, and stemming from a close examination of real-life examples. Rear warfare on scale poses many problems, such as the exact field of operations; supply line issues; combat or harassment; and coordination with frontline troops. There is also the issue of protecting one’s own rear troops.
1. The War in the Enemy’s Rear Part 1. Unconventional Forces and their Tasks 2. The Genesis of Special Forces 3. Special Tasks and the War in Europe, Africa and the Pacific 4. Special Tasks in the Burma Campaign 5. Tasks of Special Forces with Partisans 6. Partisan Tasks 7. Structure of Special Forces and Partisan Movements Part 2. Conventional Forces and their Tasks 8. Airborne Troops’ Operations 9. The Air Effort in the Rear Part 3. The Rear Theatre of War 10. The Scope for Warfare in the Near Rear 11. The Scope for Warfare in the Far Rear Part 4. The Front and Rear 12. The Interrelation Between Front and Rear Effort 13. The Control Structure 14. The War in the Rear of One’s Own Troops 15. Conclusions