evasion training of the 106th US National Guard Wing Flyers


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Counterinsurgency Survival

Evasion Tactics

By on February 2, 2017

Special forces, downed pilots and also regular infantry troops might come across a situation where they are alone in enemy territory. SERE (Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion) training prepares military personnel for such an occurrence. If you find yourself on your own behind enemy lines, here is what you…

KlA Quick Reaction Force, Kosovo 1999


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Battle Tactics War Stories

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…


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Psychology

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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Psychology

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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Weapons

Rifle Grenades: A Forgotten Weapon

By on January 7, 2017

Many modern militaries have abandoned the use of rifle grenades and replaced them with the easier to use and often lighter Grenade Launchers or Multiple Grenade Launchers. Still, there are situations where a rifle grenade is the better weapon of choice. Here is a short analysis.

During my time with…


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Training

Hard Training vs. Smart Training

By on January 2, 2017

The sole purpose of physically and mentally “tough” military training is that the soldiers become familiar with their own limits. The moment this goal is reached there is really no point in pushing it any further.

Extremely tired and exhausted soldiers don’t learn anything!

Physically demanding exercises always should be based…

Two Kosovo Liberation Army soldiers during a break in battle, 199. by Roland Bartetzko


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Battle Tactics

How to start a Resistance Movement?

By on December 28, 2016

Your country has been invaded and you want to start a resistance movement. You have no financial funds and no military expertise. How to begin?

Here is the good news: In the beginning you don’t need a lot of money and neither do you need any military expertise.

​First of all,…

KLA soldiers on a mountain in Kosovo 1999


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War Stories

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…


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Psychology

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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Psychology

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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