the use of hit-and-run tactics by small, mobile groups of irregular forces operating in territory controlled by a hostile, regular force.

a type of military action using small mobile irregular forces to carry out surprise tactics against hostile regular forces
Word Origin

Spanish ‘skirmishing’ + warfare
guerrilla warfare [(guh-ril-uh)]

Wars fought with hit-and-run tactics by small groups against an invader or against an established government. (See counterinsurgency.)


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