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Failed Missions: A burned RH-53D helicopter during the failed mission to liberate US hostages in Iran, April 1980, Wikimedia Commons


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Failed Missions

By on July 29, 2017

When a combat mission ends in failure, the last thing you want to do is to punish the soldiers who were executing it.
There are hundreds of possible reasons for failed missions and therefore your first priority should always be to determine what went wrong, why and how it can…

Intuition may save lives: A US military vehicle approaching an Improvised explosive device (IED), hidden on a roadside. Credits: US Africa Command


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A Soldier’s Sixth Sense: Premonition And Intuition

By on June 24, 2017

Usually people call it the “sixth sense”, but the military term for this phenomenon is “premonition and intuition”.
Soldiers who fought for a long time on the battlefield have often developed sharper senses. Their bodies and minds are adapting to a survival situation:
After you have been away from any artificial…

Terrorism: Roadside bomb detonating in Iraq. Credits: U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet


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Battle Tactics Psychology

The Roots Of Terrorism

By on June 7, 2017

Sometimes, we wonder why so many of the major terrorist organizations seem to be Islamic. Are all terrorists Muslims?
The problem is that we often think of terrorism as a morally reprehensible behavior and not as a military tactic.
Terrorism however, is the tactic of the weak. If you want to…


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Sleep Deprivation on the Battlefield

By on February 13, 2017

Caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants don’t solve your sleep deprivation problems, but only make them worse. The only way to overcome sleep deprivation is to sleep. Even in a combat situation, most soldiers will adapt and find some rest. Here are some tips:

Sleep alone. The army likes to have everyone…


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The Unknown Side of Combat

By on January 26, 2017

The “unknown factor“ in combat is the psychological side of it. There is no training or selection procedure which can foresee how someone will react when the first shots are fired. On the contrary:
I was always surprised to see that soldiers who went through the best military training (and…


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Does Torture Work?

By on January 17, 2017

Torture works! 

Just take a look at the stories of French Resistance fighters that were caught by the German Gestapo (Secret Police) or the Soviet dissidents which were interrogated by the KGB (Soviet State Security).

After a while many of the tortured persons “spilled the beans” and provided their interrogators with…


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Battlefield Psychology (1)

By on December 25, 2016

Suicide Tactics and their Effects on the Battlefield

​Many factors decide the outcome of a battle and one of them is psychological. And sometimes a tactic can be successful, although at first sight it seems wrong or “unprofessional”. Suicide attacks can be such tactics.

First of all, there are three different…


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Mental Strength Training in Special Operations Forces

By on December 24, 2016

Special Forces soldiers undergo a selection procedure which eliminates mentally weak soldiers from further participation while their later training is aimed at bolstering the mental fitness and durability of the candidates who have successfully passed the selection.

Boot camps and selection courses are designed to wipe out the mentally weak…

Roland Bartetzko
Prishtinë, Kosovë

This blog was created by Roland Bartetzko with the help and support of his friends. Bartetzko served in the German Army, the Croatian Defense Council (HVO) during the Bosnian War and with the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) during the 1999 Kosovo War. Last year he published a study about radical Islam in Kosovo. Bartetzko has a university degree in law and is currently working for a law firm in Pristina, Kosovo. The aim of this blog is to show the wide range of aspects which are all named "unconventional warfare" and show them from different angles and perspectives. A person interested in learning about counterinsurgency might get new insights if he or she is reading about the insurgent's point of view. And persons who are worried that their country might be overrun one day by a bigger and stronger neighbor will find some useful advice how to prepare themselves. This site is for everybody who is interested in the matter and we therefore try to avoid special military terms which might not be easily understandable for a civilian. Thus said, we are far from perfect. To make this website special we need your help! If you have a comment, a suggestion or if you want to contribute with an article or post, don't hesitate and contact us!

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