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Guerrilla warfare is the unconventional warfare and combat with which a small group of combatants use mobile tactics (ambushes, raids, etc.) to combat a larger and less mobile formal army. The guerrilla army uses ambush (draw enemy forces to terrain unsuited to them) and mobility (advantage and surprise) in attacking vulnerable targets in enemy territory.

This term means "little war" in Spanish and was used for the first time in the Madrid Dos de Mayo Uprising. This tactic was widely used against Napoleon's armies in the Peninsular War, used by the Patriot against the British in the American Revolution, and used by the Viet Cong and North Vietnam Army in the Vietnam War.

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