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Herodotus believed that understanding how any polity waged its wars was a matter of understanding its underlying culture, which defines what it believes worthy of fighting for. The Scythians, like all wagers of partisan warfare, fought unconventionally—engaging in what we would call guerrilla warfare— because that was their only option if they were to defeat a much larger enemy. 1 4 ■ E I S E N H O W E R ’ S G U E R R I L L A S More than one ancient text provides examples of guerrilla warfare. There are the Hebrews taking land from the Philistines in the Old Testament where the book of Judges shows time and again how a perceived weakness proves to be just the right strength; Xenophon and his Greek nationless mercenaries who marched through what is today Iraq and Turkey; Julius Caesar contending with marauding tribes in present-day Spain, France, and Germany; and Alexander the Great fighting and negotiating deals with Persians, Arabs, and Afghans fighting under emperors or as amorphous tribes in circumstances that might be reminiscent of United States Army operations against the Plains Indians in the nineteenth century.
9 Hutchison ran SOE’s RF section, liaising with the Free French long before deploying to France, and therefore he had much more knowledge of the French networks and key players. A book by another 1 0 ■ E I S E N H O W E R ’ S G U E R R I L L A S former Jedburgh, M. G. M. 10 Among the French, nearly all kept their silence—perhaps because France moved directly from World War II into brutal wars in Indo-China and Algeria, and both officers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) maintained more of a wartime attitude about the nature of their work.
Colin Gubbins had been brought into SOE at its inception, since his military staff that had gone to Poland and France was subsumed into the new Special Operations Executive. 17 Later, he took on training, linking SOE efforts with the Joint Planning Staff—the British equivalent of the planning offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—and ensuring that SOE procedures linked smoothly with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the British Navy. He performed these functions exceedingly well, organizing the establishment of more than fifty secret training facilities.