Free | Case Studies in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: Guatemala 1944 - 1954

This is another publication in a series of studies on insurgencies and revolutions conducted by the Special Operations Research Office. From the first report—Case Studies on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: 23 Summary Accounts—four cases were selected because of particular interest for more detailed analysis. Three of these have already been published: Case Studies in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: Algeria 1954–1962; Case Studies in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: Cuba 1953–1959; and Case Studies in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: Vietnam 1941–1954. In addition to these a related study, Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary, and Resistance Warfare, has also been published.This report on the Guatemalan situation between 1944 and 1954 is a special case, however, in which emphasis has been placed on the role of the indigenous military during the rise of Communist influence rather than on revolutionary organization and techniques. Like its predecessors, this study deals with its subject analytically and portrays background, essential causes, persons, parties, movements, actions, and consequences. It is hoped that students of politico-military phenomena may be aided in developing a more general understanding of revolutionary processes. Because the events discussed in this study are relatively recent and many of the personalities involved are still living, discretion was necessary to protect sources. As will be noted, Parts I and II are well documented, whereas many of the sources in Part III could not bementioned.


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