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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: www.snowballpublishing.com (21 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607963043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607963042
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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this book give you formations and ideas to do stuff like take down telephone lines. The book however assumes you have military training of some sort even cadets such as i. but its main way of getting weapons is bad finding them taking them from dead enemy soldier (how are you supposed to do that if you cant eliminate the enemy)Something very key this would not work in cities and requirefor the enemy to be using raiway instead aircraft for transport and land line telephone instead of radios. The book is extremely out dated and un-workable unless you live in a very small town and fighting a very in-equipped enemy.
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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for civilian resistance 23 Feb. 2008
By Goldman - Published on Amazon.com
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The best "How to do" book that I've found for what now is called "4th Generation War". Most books on this topic are about how to fight against resistance fighters, i.e. "counter insurgency" - such as road blocks, house searches, etc.. This book is the opposite: how to do guerrilla/resistance/underground/5th Column. The technological parts is, granted, outdated. The theory and the organization of civilian resistance is the best that I've seen.

The book is a manual for the Swiss Army and population (Switzerland doesn't have an army; Switzerland IS an army) if and when Switzerland might be "conquered" by a foreign power. Yet its principles could be used in combating a domestic tyrant.

Given the current political situation, one has the disturbing impression that one reads this book for the future.

The Table of Contents (briefly):

1. Purpose of Guerilla Warefare
2. Organizaton of Guerrilla Warfare
3. Tactics of Guerrilla Units
4. How an Enemy with Modern equipment will Operate Against Your Guerrilla Detachment

1. Organization
2. Enemy Organization
3. Operations of the Resistance Movement

Closing Remarks
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swiss are certainly prepared for anything! 19 Aug. 2006
By E. Fryman - Published on Amazon.com
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In his landmark book, Total Resistance, the Swiss Army Guide to Guerrila Warfare and Underground Operations, Major Von Dach has certainly expanded my mind and has shown through practical participation how all can resist tryanical invaders, whenever and wherever the forces of tyrany raise their ugly head. Despite the fact that it was writen in 1958 and released in the United States in 1965, the portons of the book especially devoted to the organization and mobilization of the occupied citizenry are still very much up to date when dealing with the means to combat and defeat those with tyranical designs on any population who's maxium "Death rather than Slavery!"
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Tactical Manual For Guerrilla Warfare... 7 Sept. 2012
By The Gyro Captain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Total Resistance" is a Cold War guerrilla warfare manual prepared by the Swiss government for distribution in the event of a Soviet/Warsaw Pact invasion. I mention this first because all the different techniques, tactics and procedures in the book flow from this thesis. If you have read Mao or Che, and found yourself rolling your eyes at their overly-wordy political rants, then "Total Resistance" is for you.


* The concepts are easy to understand & easy to implement. I get the impression that this manual was meant to be handed from guerrilla-to-guerrilla, rather than sit on a bookshelf as a reference.

* The manual covers a broad range of scenarios for combat action. Whether you have two guerrillas or two hundred, this manual will list an operation that works at your manpower level. Typically, the safest operation for a guerrilla unit to engage are the enemy's logistics and communications network. "Total Resistance" follows this concept, and shows how to perform roadblocks, attacks on trains, and attacks on telephone lines.

* Beyond small unit tactics, "Total Resistance" explains how to grow your resistance movement (page 103-109). This is important, since insurgent movements can wither when members quit believing in the cause. As a historical example I would mention the large number of Sandinistas who became Contras after being disillusioned with the 'revolucion.'


* The manual leans on the assumption that you will get support from fellow citizens (page 20-21). Historically speaking, this is incorrect. Most citizens in occupied areas will keep their heads down and merely try to survive. Studies of the French Resistance in WWII showed that roughly 1% of the population actively took part in the resistance movement. The Mujahadeen in Afghanistan, while resisting the Soviets, were at about 3% (and they had the 'jihad' concept to help recruitment).

* As an adjunct to the above, "Total Resistance" posits that very little of the population will collaborate with the enemy (page 84). Again, history shows otherwise. In the Philippines in WWII, almost the entire pre-war power structure sided with the Japanese. The only major figure to refuse collaboration was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who was subsequently beheaded. For European examples, look at Yugoslavia and Ukraine in WWII. Both had significant segments of their population side with the Nazis.

* One complaint I noticed with other reviewers is the belief that technology has changed to such an extent that "Total Resistance" is obsolete. In this case I respectfully disagree. Guerrilla fighters typically fight with what they have available. This is the lure of guerrilla warfare--that the weak can use what they have to fight the mighty. Look at the rockets and IEDs that were used in Iraq; most were home made using parts one could find in hardware stores (we were hit by one that was made from Christmas lights left behind by GI's). The point is that, as long as there are men and women willing to fight, guerrilla war will continue.
70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Total Resistance-Required Reading for Freedom Lovers 7 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I received this book yesterday, and read it from cover to cover that afternoon.
Major Von Dach published this book in 1958, but its tactical information is invaluable even today. The good Major covers the major aspects of both passive and active resistance to an invading force, and the information he provides will be useful against oppresive tyrants everywhere.
I found this book to be well written, although there are a few mistakes in editing. The illustrations could have been drawn on a larger scale as well.
In my opinion, this book is a valuable resource for any freedom loving individual anywhere in the world.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guerilla warfare for Dummies 13 July 2008
By M. Duval - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have always been interested in guerilla warfare but almost every book out there is written about how to counter and insurgency usually written by some US officer who has vague knowledge learned in some military college. Not this book its by an expert in guerilla warfare and is completely no holds bare in its information. Everything from using propaganda successfully and winning the trust of the local citizens to destroying bridges and spotting informants is covered in this book. the only complaint i have is that the text is somewhat small and hard to read on some pages and pictures are kind of blurry which is somewhat irritating. Aside from these minor problems I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in unconventional warfare, and in the troubling times we are in now who knows you might actually need this book someday to wage your own guerilla war.

a person who reviewed the book said that guerilla war doesn't work and eventually is defeated.....well I guess he skipped the page and a half at the beginning that listed major successful guerilla conflicts, thats not even including the successful guerilla operations waged after 1956 when this book was first published

And never forget resistance is not futile!!!!
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