FMFRPs in the 12 Series are a special category of publications: reprints of historical works which were published commercially and are no longer in print.
Fleet Marine Force Reference Publication (FMFRP) 12–18,Mao Tse–tung on Guerrilla Warfare, is published to ensure the retention and dissemination of useful information, which is not intended to become doctrine or to be published in Fleet Marine Force manuals.
This reference publication is Mao Tse–Tung's thoughts and philosophy of guerrilla warfare. It gives the reader a chance to learn about this type of warfare from one who lived and fought as a guerrilla for most of his adult life.
It is important to understand his philosophy of guerrilla warfare because it is the basis of today’s guerrilla forces.