To add up to Sir fatman's and irfan's post;
guerrilla warfare+mountain warfare=perfect recipe for disaster!
Moreover, it takes alot of effort, time and resources to train a soldier, well let's say in firing (even to bring him to Standard-shot SS), but the skunk up there in the mountains have been with guns since his childhood and believe me, i have seen them running (read fleeing) in slippers during hot pursuits and guess what, the bad guy turns back while running for a sec, fires his weapons and bump, a soldier is down!! Such is the efficiency.
On the contrary, we took time to make the epic
shift from conventional techniques to unconventional ones. Though i am confident that now (and since long now) we are well trained to suite this environment and can take the skunks down even at the place of their choosing, but still the unpredictable nature of this warfare has haunted armies in the past and would do so in the coming years.
You move to assault some place, the entire administrative echelon has to follow you thus providing the enemy with a lucrative and vulnerable target and also decelerating your speed to advance as you have to take your tail along, but opposingly the bad guys, live of the land, carry just themselves and nothing else, feed on the support provided by the locals, know the area just like the back of their hand and know where to find what
, so they hit you when and where they like and then vanishes in the vastness to the area.
Scary...? Hell ya!
To be continued.....