- Jul 2017
That's definitely correct, and Sertorius was handicapped by the fact that Metellus and Pompey were good enough to force Sertorius' lieutenants into pitched battles where they had the advantage, which didn't ultimately bode well for Sertorius, as you could guess. Honestly though, Pompey and Metellus did a really great job of eventually adapting and countering Sertorius' methods, and both of them are severely underrated as generals.I think there can be a distinction made between Guerrilla Warfare (which is really a mode of carrying out war as a whole, a strategy), with Guerrilla Tactics, that can be used in phases of an otherwise conventional war. Certainly Sertorius used Guerrilla tactics, unconventional use of deception, ambush, small unit actions. I think he understood the Roman desire to force a decisive battle as soon as possible, and went to prevent it on anything besides his own terms. Because he was a master of maneuver and deception, he could often outfight his opponents even in situations where they thought they had the upper hand, by laying traps for them, stealing marches, etc. I think many of his Spanish forces definitely had a bigger guerrilla role, as their form of warfare was purely unorthodox, they did not want to fight, or plan to fight, in any way that a Roman would have found appealing, being fanatics for the war winning big battle.