When France was occupied by Hitler in June of 1940, as was most of the rest of Europe, the British had something in store for the Bohemian corporal. Churchill came up with what came to be known as the Special Operations Executive, aka “The Department of Dirty Tricks/Department of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” The mission from Churchill? “Set Europe ablaze.” The American OSS was a similar organization.
Their job was to train partisans and set up partisan networks, conduct commando raids behind the lines, disrupt communications and supplies, and aid resistance movements wherever they appeared. The film Anthropoid, about Czech SOE agents and their assassination of Nazi third in command Reinhard Heydrich, tells part of their story.
Well, it’s very possible Kyiv may be occupied by Russian forces, as may be much of the rest of Ukraine. The allies must brush off 80 year old oplans and get to work, but do it delicately so we don’t start a larger conflict. In this day and age digital operations may take the forefront of such efforts. Army and CIA vet Ronald Johnson fills us in on that.
“In the traditions of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and Special Forces, the U.S. should train, advise and assist resistance forces to conduct unconventional warfare in Russian-occupied Ukraine. OSS did this successfully in Nazi-occupied Europe.” https://t.co/D7Ngdf1Fbc
— The OSS Society (@osssociety) March 20, 2022
FNC: “Ukraine and Russia may both use unconventional warfare tactics in the ongoing war, a former CIA officer told Fox News.
Ukraine and its allies may employ cyber-tactics and continue insurgency efforts, while Russia may resort to chemical warfare to accelerate its invasion, according to Ronald D. Johnson, a retired Army colonel and former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador.”
“It also involves a lot of other things because sometimes you’re talking about a smaller insurgency force that’s battling a larger, more powerful occupying force,” Johnson, who spent over 20 years in the CIA as a paramilitary operations officer, said. “You’re also talking about psychological operations, you’re talking about sabotage and, today, information operations, cyberattacks and even influence campaigns.
“Russia can stop incoming cyber communications, but they can only do it temporarily,” Johnson said. “I think it’s important now when you look at today’s world to even consider the power of a single person with a laptop computer and internet connectivity.
“A lot of countries in the free world and even private organizations will look for ways that they can support that insurgency or that resistance,” he told press.
Putin “sees the threat of an insurgency and a prolonged war that could drain his resources and his people for years to come. Johnson speculates the delusional tinpot may use “unconventional weapons like chemical weapons” to “accelerate the siege process.” Johnson is being optimistic. Putin is capable of much worse than that.