Towards a citizens’ militia: anarchist alternatives to NATO & the Warsaw Pact


Note: This guide has several explosive recipes. We strongly agree with the following reflection on their use:

“I think it’s clear that the use of bombs by insurrectionary anarchists should either be discarded altogether or left to those who truly have an expert grasp on the fabrication of safe and effective improvised explosives. How many times have we read about bombs either not detonating at all, detonating at the wrong time and harming random passersby in the process, or detonating as planned yet causing ineffectual damage? This doesn’t even take into account the comrades who have already been killed or seriously maimed by the premature explosion of bombs they intended to use on targets. I feel strongly that, instead of bombs, a concerted effort should be made to use well-designed portable incendiary devices, since a potent raging fire will always do more damage than a low-strength explosion.” – This is our Job, Counter-information project


Introduction 1

Part 1: Principles of armed resistance

Organisation and libertarian authority 2

Fundamentals of combat operations 3

The functions of land combat 4

Part 2: Organisation and conduct of guerrilla warfare

Purpose 6

Organisation 6

Tactics of guerrilla units 8

early operations. operational security. general behaviour. march. rest. Simple communications. road blocks. sabotage on the roads. ambush of single vehicles • surprise attacks. surprise attack on a small post. attack on communication system. attack on a rail network. train traps. attacking the power system. a fuel depot. attack on an airfield

Tactics of the security forces 17

Part 3: Organisation and operation of the civilian resistance movement

Organisation 19

Operation of security force terror 20

Activities of the civilian resistance movement 20

The last phase of resistance: the general uprising 23

Fighting techniques used by enemy while suppressing uprisings 25

Closing remarks 28