The Guerrilla Warfare Tactics and History Quiz
by Staff
With enough patience and cleverness, smaller units can bleed out hugely overpowering armies. How much do you know about guerrilla warfare?

"Guerilla" comes from a Spanish word that means what?

  • sneak attack
  • little war
  • primitive

What nationality was the man who most likely deserved credit for formalizing the concept of guerilla warfare?

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

Guerrilla tactics rely heavily on what?

  • Large but loosely maintained groups of soldiers
  • Support of locals
  • Dependable weapons cache

Why was a Confederate guerrilla named Champ Ferguson hanged after the war ended?

  • He killed his own family.
  • He killed civilians.
  • He killed too many Union troops.

What is one popular misconception about guerrilla fighters?

  • They are never well-organized.
  • They disguise themselves and hide among civilians.
  • They are more brutal than regular army.

Which Confederate leader supported guerrilla warfare as a means for extending the American Civil War?

  • Jefferson Davis
  • Gen. Robert E. Lee
  • John Hooker

What was the nickname of Viriatus, one of the first guerilla fighters in recorded history?

  • Lucifer's Right Hand
  • Terror of the Romans
  • Night Stalker

Communist leader Mao Zedong said when the enemy camps, guerrilla forces do what?

  • Set up camp, too
  • Harass them
  • Attack an undefended target

Mao Zedong said that the ideal guerrilla force was made up of about how many fighters?

  • 9 to 11
  • 15 to 20
  • 50 to 70

What's one problem that often spells the end of a guerrilla group?

  • inability to attract new recruits
  • a lack of weapons
  • an esoteric political philosophy

What was the nickname of Francis Marion, who helped the U.S. win the American Revolution?

  • The Spirit
  • Gray Ghost
  • Swamp Fox

Against which foe did Marion learn his military tactics?

  • Cherokee Indians
  • the British
  • French-Canadians

Guerrilla warfare is also sometimes called what?

  • counterstrike warfare
  • asymmetric warfare
  • atypical warfare

What did Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara call guerrilla fighters?

  • social reformers
  • true humanists
  • the heart and soul of mankind

At the Battle of Mohi, Hungarian guerrillas fought off what fearsome force?

  • Nazis
  • Mongols
  • Romans

In the 1970s, Central and South American insurgents traded rural fighting for what?

  • political office
  • terrorism
  • the drug trade

What did British soldiers call American revolutionary fighters, whom they considered dirty fighters?

  • Cheaters
  • Scoundrels
  • Bastards

In North America, the first recorded guerrilla resistance featured Native Americans fighting which country's forces?

  • England
  • Spain
  • France

How did the so-called "New Village" in Malaya help the British defeat insurgents?

  • The villages were like concentration camps that restricted the movements of everyone.
  • The villages offered necessities and security to poor civilians.
  • The villages were guarded day and night by huge security forces to prevent rebels from interacting with any civilians.

Why did the "new village" concept fail for the Americans in Vietnam?

  • Rebels set fire to the villages.
  • corrupt local politicians
  • negative media attention

For how many years did George Castriot (Skanderbeg) lead a band of guerrillas against the Ottoman Empire?

  • 25 years
  • 8 years
  • 3 years

According to legend, Skanderbeg was thought to have killed how many Ottoman soldiers with his own hands?

  • 300
  • 3,000
  • 30,000

In which war did a general first say that occupying forces should win "the hearts and minds" of people instead of using heavy-handed military tactics?

  • American Revolution
  • Vietnam War
  • Iraq War

To fully win a war, guerrilla forces generally have to do what?

  • Fight conventional battles
  • Capture several leaders of the enemy forces
  • Turn enemy soldiers against their own countries

After starting in 1850, how long did the Taiping Rebellion last?

  • 8 years
  • 14 years
  • 38 years

How many people died during the Taiping Rebellion?

  • at least 10 million
  • at least 20 million
  • at least 100 million

The South African war featured 80,000 local troops against how many British troops?

  • 500,000
  • 1 million
  • 1.4 million

How did the British respond to persistent Boer guerrilla attacks?

  • massacres
  • scorched earth policy
  • bombing raids

To defeat guerrilla forces, military leaders must deny them what?

  • bases
  • weapons
  • food

How did Britain's Long Range Desert group use guerrilla tactics in WWII?

  • They disguised themselves as civilians and captured a German general.
  • They sneaked past German lines and blew up planes.
  • They parachuted behind German lines and hid in fox holes.