4GW Manuals

Produced by the Fourth Generation Warfare Seminar at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico:

1. FMFM 1A, Fourth Generation Warfare, August 2009 (720 KB PDF)

2. FMFM 1-3A, A Tactical Handbook for Counterinsurgency and Police Operations, Draft 1.0, 12 August 2008 (158 KB PDF)

3. FMFM 1A-3A, A Book of 4GW Tactical Decision Games, 3 October 2008 (95 pp, 2.5 MB PDF)

4. Light Infantry, 24 September 2008 (495 KB PDF)

5.  FMFM 3-23 Air Cooperation, August 2009 (1.2 MB PDF)

6.  FMFM 3-25 How to Fight in a 4th Generation Insurgency, August 2009 (725 KB PDF)

The original paper, “The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation,” from the 1989 Marine Corps Gazette.

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  1. [...] Robert Doughty’s Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War, published in 2005, completes his trilogy on the French Army from 1914 to 1940. Both of his other books, The Seeds of Disaster, which is the definitive history of French Army doctrinal development between the wars, and The Breaking Point, the story of the French defeat at Sedan in 1940 when the Second and Third Generations of modern war met head-on, are in the canon. For those new to 4GW literature, the canon is the list of seven books which, read in the correct order, take the reader from the First Generation into the Fourth. It can be found as an appendix to FMFM 1-A, Fourth Generation War, on the DNI website. [...]

  2. Barryon 12 Aug 2008 at 10:48 am 2

    Light infantry (pdf) states German Jagers and Cesar’s legions were “used to conducting sixty- or eighty(!)-mile daily foot marches, carrying their gear”. the first time I saw this I thought it was a misprint but it is still there. 60 miles a day carrying gear could not be sustained in my opinion. A reference for sixty-mile daily foot marches would be appreciated.

    [CR: Thanks. They may not intend to imply that this is a sustained rate. I'll forward to the 4GW seminar for clarification]

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  4. Alturukon 10 Sep 2008 at 3:55 pm 4

    Light Infantry

    Actually Gen. Students first name was Kurt not Karl.
    But then the better german paratroop epithome of Light infantry in WWII might have been Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke, who on his own initiative collected the stragglers, who did not take part in the first jump to take Maleme on Crete and extricated his foot bound troops from al-Alamein to reconnect with the Afrika Korps after a long march through the desert, liberating some POWs on the way.
    Of course later his initiative during the defence of Brest earned him a few years in a french prison.

    Oh and the roman legionary was anything but not a light infantryman. Not for nothing were the leginaeies called “mules Mariani” They were as overloaded as todays Marins

  5. Oldpiloton 18 Aug 2009 at 2:58 pm 5

    The Roman legions did keep careful track of their marches, with a designated counter keeping track of his left foot-falls. Our words “mile” and “militia” both come from the Latin word for “thousand”, and both refer to the gent who counted off his thousand left foot-falls every mile.

    It still works very well, though we tend to be taller now, hence a 21st century pace may be a bit longer.

    If there is a reliable source claiming 60-mile hikes, I would be inclined to accept it without much discounting.

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