|Daniel C. Peterson|
In comparing the warfare in the Book of Mormon with modern guerrilla warfare Dr. Peterson notes the similarities between General Vo Nguyen Giap, Ernesto Che Guevara, and Mao Tsetung's use of guerrilla warfare to that of the Gadianton Robbers. As stated by Dr. Peterson these three are arguably the greatest authorities on guerrilla warfare in our time. In 52 B.C, a certain group of Kishkumen assassinate the chief judge and place a man by the name of Gadianton in charge. We don't know a whole lot about this Gadianton other than when he attempted to assassinate Helaman and his attempt failed due to the fact that one of Helaman's servants was able to penetrate the rank and file of the Gadianton Robbers and was able to learn of the plot to assassinate Helaman. Thus giving fare warning in time stop the "would be" assassination from taking place. Of course it was this failed attempt that sent Gadianton and his robbers into flight to the wilderness (Helaman 2:11).
|Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni|
Their plan was to gather all the people together, it says they marched forth by the thousands and by tens of thousands until they were all gathered in one place which had been appointed to defend themselves agains their enemies. They had gathered enough supplies to last seven years at this place of defense and then enacted a scortched earth policy that ruined the chance for any crops in the surrounding lands and territory. This plan was known as the "Proclaimation of Lachoneus". They litterally became the guerrilla and picked their opportune moments for battle and left the Gadiantons with little or no way to supply food to their armies. The Gadianton army had prematurely regularized their robbers into a full blown military operation and it lead to their demise.