U.S. Marines are learning at a counter-guerrilla training school in Okinawa, to fight the guerrilla?
LV Marines gather on river bank
SV Marines watch as other marines swim river & climb cliff (4 shots)
SV & LV Marines demonstrate how guerrillas search a village & its inhabitants
SV Marine shot by guerrilla as he leaves hut
CU & SV Guerrillas search bodies & take prisoner away (3 shots)
CU & SV Marine ambushed in jungle (4 shots)
SV Marine patrol walking into ambush & being shot (2 shots)
US Marines practising guerrilla tactics.
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Background: U.S. Marines are learning at a counter-guerrilla training school in Okinawa, to fight the guerrilla way, This film of their exercises is from the U.S. Department of Defence.
Performing as a guerrilla, the marine is trained in various guerrilla warfare techniques.
By putting himself in the other man's shoes, the hope is that he will be able to defend against and defeat guerrilla forces.
SYNOPSIS: US Marines at their Counter-guerrilla Warfare School in Okinawa are learning how to cope with the guerrilla fighter - by learning guerrilla tactics themselves. This, for example, is how the guerrillas in Vietnam would cross a river and scale cliffs. The marines learn to do things the hard way too.
More complicated, are the routines employed by guerrillas in searching villages, mounting ambushes, conducting demolitions, even giving first aid.
The training is thorough, yet guerrilla fighting is virtually impossible to master purely in exercises. The tactics and procedures are limited only by the imagination. But this kind of realistic training given the marines an insight into how the guerrilla will react in different situations. The preparation is as good as can be devised in training.
When fighting guerrillas in the future, they will know how the other side is thinking.