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Che Guevara

In the fall of 1967 an elite unit of the Bolivian army ambushed Che Guevara's band of guerrillas. Che was wounded and captured in the encounter and later executed on October 9, 1967. This ended an attempt by Che and his followers to spark a revolution in the land-locked country of Bolivia.

A 16-man team of the 8th Special Forces Group was instrumental in the capture of Che and his guerrilla band's demise. The small team was sent to Bolivia to train up a battalion of the Bolivian army in counterinsurgency operations. The training of the Bolivian 2nd Ranger Battalion by the SF team took place from June to September of 1967.

At the conclusion of the training period the trained force went in pursuit of Che's guerrillas - and eventually weakened them through a series of engagements over the course of a month. The 'revolt' ended with the capture of Che.


References

Cunningham, Alan C., "The Effects of the U.S. Army's Special Forces in Bolivia During Che's Foco", Small Arms Journal, November 11, 2020.

"Special Forces in Bolivia: Introduction", Veritas, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2008. By Charles H. Briscoe.

"The Boliva Mission", Veritas, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2008. This article by Charles H. Briscoe, PHD., covers the site survey and mobile training team (MTT) mission preparation of the 16-man Special Forces team that deployed to Bolivia to train the Bolivian 2nd Ranger Battalion.

National Security Archive of the George Washington University
https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB5/

 

 

 

 


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