Originally published in German in under the title Der totale Widerstand: Eine Kleinkriegsanleitung für Jedermann (‘Total Resistance: A. «Der totale Widerstand» von Hans von Dach: Nationales Unbehagen und kollektive Paranoia. Kleinkriegsanleitung für Jedermann». Bereits. Published July 1st by Paladin Press (first published ). More Details Original Title. Der totale Widerstand: Kleinkriegsanleitung für jedermann. ISBN.

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Total Resistanceoriginally published in German as Der totale Widerstand: A Guerrilla Warfare Manual for Everyone” is a guerilla warfare manual. It was written in by the Swiss army officer Hans von Dach to prepare the Swiss population for an occupation of Switzerland by Warsaw Pact forces, an eventuality then considered possible in the context of the Cold War.

The book has been republished as pirated translations in dozens of languages in numerous countries abroad, and notably found use by left-wing terror groups in the s and 70s. The book was a commercial success, being reprinted five times and selling in the tens of thousands, notably in West Germany and Austria. It became by far the most well-known of von Jedermanb more than a hundred works on military tactics.

The book is a manual for irregular warfare against an occupying force, intended to be used by civilians rather than by soldiers. It totaoe a form of irregular resistance involving no arms heavier than light infantry arms: The topics covered in the first volume widwrstand The other volumes describe the manufacture and use of basic weapons: While popular in the militia officer corps, the book was not well received by senior Army leaders, who favored a defence policy based on conventional combined-arms and mechanized warfare widderstand than irregular warfare.


Total resistance – A 1950s manual to guerrilla warfare for Mr and Mrs Swiss

Inthe Chief of the General Staff vetoed the publication of Total Resistance as an army manual, partly because of concerns that it advocated conduct that violated the laws of war.

When the Swiss Army did establish a secret stay-behind organization, Pin the s, it was conceived as a top-down, cadre-led structure rather than the broad, decentralized civilian resistance movement envisioned by von Dach. Nonetheless, the book remains part of the curriculum of the Swiss Army Military Academy at the ETH Kleinkriegsanlektung as one of the “classics of the history of strategy and the theory of war.

The book soon found unexpected success abroad. Other pirated translations continued to be published in dozens of languages in countries ranging from Angola to Vietnam. In the Soviet Union, the book was derided as “nonsense” in a newspaper article.

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Total Resistance became notably popular as an instruction manual for several left-wing terror groups active in the s and 70s. According to Swiss and European police reports of the time, it was widely disseminated in left-wing extremist circles, and its tactics were used in bomb attacks in Southern Tyrol, New York and Frankfurt, as well as in unrests in Paris.


In Germany, the book was often found in police searches, including with Red Army Faction members. SinceDer totale Widerstand has been the only Swiss book whose distribution is restricted in Germany because it is indexed by the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons as “conducive to confusing the social ethics of children and young people, and to promote their inclination to violence”.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Total Resistance Cover of the 3rd German language edition Retrieved 26 July Vorstellungen und Vorbereitungen der Schweiz im Archived from the original PDF on 24 March Retrieved from ” https: Military books Guerrilla warfare handbooks and manuals.

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Cover of the 3rd German language edition