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Miguel in Brazzaville Congo, 1997, Photo by David Guttenfelder with friendly permission


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In Memoriam: Miguel Gil Moreno De Mora (June 21, 1967 – May 24, 2000)

By on May 24, 2017

There all kinds of reporters, but usually they are annoying. However, once in a while you meet someone who is not only a decent fellow, but a great guy:
One morning in late autumn, there was a group of reporters waiting outside our Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) base. Five journalists…

Surprising outcome: Two Kosovo Liberation Army fighters at their base in the mountains


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War Stories: A Surprising Outcome

By on March 17, 2017

One day a farmer came to our base in the mountains of Kosovo and told us that he had fled from the fighting in his village. He said that there was still a large amount of wheat flour there and all we had to do was go to the…

Night Fighting: US Army Rangers fire a 120 mm mortar at night.By Pfc. Nathaniel Newkirk [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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Guerrilla Night Operations

By on February 20, 2017

Warfare has a lot to do with psychology and it’s up to you if you are scared of night operations or if you make the night your friend.

I always preferred to fight at night and felt much more comfortable in the dark than at daytime. In the Kosovo Liberation…

KlA Quick Reaction Force, Kosovo 1999


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Small War Tactics

By on January 29, 2017

Even a limited number of soldiers can make a big difference.
Operating from our small base in the mountains we had constantly harassed the enemy and as the war was coming to an end (although nobody knew it yet), our enemy decided that it was payback time.
One morning a group…

KLA soldiers on a mountain in Kosovo 1999


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Behind enemy lines

By on December 26, 2016

During my time with the Kosovo Liberation Army we used to operate a lot behind enemy lines. At night we slipped through the enemy’s defense lines, set up ambushes the next day and slipped back to our own territory in the evening.

Once one of my comrades came to me…

Anti Tank Warfare: Serbian T-55 tank in Kosovo


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Anti Tank Warfare!

By on December 24, 2016

Anti Tank warfare in practice: The first time I encountered an enemy tank in Kosovo was a memorable moment.

Early one cold winter morning, my Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) platoon was alarmed by the news that a large enemy force was approaching our base. The enemy was about five or…

Soldiers of the Kosovo Liberation Army before a night attack


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The Ambush

By on December 16, 2016

The Ambush is the preferred tactic of the Guerrilla. You attack the enemy by surprise and at its weakest spots. Then you hit hard and disappear.

During my time with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) we set up many ambushes. Often we used explosives that we put on the roadside…

Kosovo Liberation Army soldiers preparing an ambush, Kosovo 1999.


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On the Defense

By on December 6, 2016

The Serbian Army applied very simple tactics in Kosovo: They were building bunkers and trenches everywhere. This was especially senseless as their enemy, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), had no heavy artillery or tanks.

On the other hand the KLA also used bunkers, but quite in a different way. They…

They had built bunkers and small trenches near possible enemy approach routes. These bunkers were usually unmanned and were only used when the enemy was nearby.


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In a war torn city

By on December 1, 2016

One day during my time in Kosovo I decided to take some time off from the front line, dress civilian clothes and, together with a few comrades, go to a nearby city to spend some time there. This was during the height of the war: NATO had started their…


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My First Battle

By on November 14, 2016

I remember my first night before battle.

The Croats in Bosnia had assembled almost 20.000 troops, which was about half their army, to make a decisive attack against the positions of the Bosnian army. My unit was right in the middle. Preparations had already started days before the attack. Nobody…

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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