Gubbins went to Russia where he served under General Edmund
Ironside and General Anton Denikin in the White Army. After
the victory of the Red Army in the Civil War Gubbins returned
to England. Gubbins also served on the losing side in the Anglo-Irish
war of 1919-21.
experiences in Russia and Ireland gave him considerable insights
into the nature of guerrilla warfare. He joined Military Intelligence
and wrote a series of pamphlets on the subject including The
Art of Guerrilla Warfare, Partisan Leader's Handbook and How
to Use High Explosives.
argued that for guerrilla warfare to succeed it needed daring
leadership and a sympathetic population. In his pamphlets he
provided practical information on how to organize a road ambush,
how to immobilize a railway engine and how to kill the enemy.
By the outbreak
of the Second World War Gubbins had reached the rank of brigadier.
He joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and in November
1940 was appointed director of operations and training.
war Gubbins published Resistance Movements in the War (1948).
Colin Gubbins died in 1976.