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Fria Kriget och Gerillakrigföriing: - en kategorisering
Swedish National Defence College.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To be able to research the chain of development and its causes within military doctrines you need to describe the change and categorize it to make it understandable.

This essays intent is to categorize a phenomenon within the Swedish doctrine to make it available for further research about doctrinal development. The categories are found in two of the great theorists on guerrilla warfare due to the subjects’ resemblance to guerrilla tactics and its means.

The phenomenon that is to be researched is directly translated as “the free war” which basically means the use of irregular warfare behind the enemy lines. The description of “the free war”, by whom and when it is used, are the factors that have changed during the second half of the 20th century, and have therefore been placed into different categories. Before 1982 “the free war” was planned in advance and used as a complement to the regular forces and is conducted by specially chosen or educated people. From 1982 and foreword “the free war” has been described as a last resort if you have been cut off from your own forces. In this last definition of “the free war” everyone are supposed to be able to conduct the irregular tactics used behind enemy lines. The conclusion from this essay is that there has been a change within the Swedish doctrine and is therefore a subject for further research on doctrinal development within the Swedish armed forces. In this way this paper will contribute to the debate on doctrinal development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 33 p.
Keyword [sv]
Fria kriget, Gerillakrigföring, Doktrinutveckling, kategorisering
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5463OAI: diva2:825393
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)
Available from: 2015-07-02 Created: 2015-06-23 Last updated: 2015-08-04Bibliographically approved

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