Hostile Areas

The complete guide to area defense in combat operations (tactical and offense series).

The Area Defense An area defense capitalizes on the strength inherent in a closely integrated defensive organization on the ground. The conduct of an area defense facilitates the consolidation and reconstitution of forces in order to transition to a focus on another element of decisive action, such as stability. The…
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Hostile Areas

The complete guide to defensive tactics in combat operations (tactical and offense series).

Basics of the Defense Defensive actions alone normally cannot achieve a decision. Their purpose is to create conditions for a counteroffensive that allows Army forces to regain the initiative. Other reasons for conducting defensive actions include— Retaining decisive terrain or denying a vital area to the enemy. Attriting or fixing…
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Product Reviews

Cold Steel Spartan folding pocketknife review – classic Cold Steel quality in an aggressive design form makes an excellent foldable knife for self-defense.

To say the Spartan folding pocketknife is unique would be an understatement. Words used to describe this knife include solid, unyielding, indestructible, beastly, and a tank. Of course, being manufactured by Cold Steel, you wouldn’t expect anything less. About Cold Steel Cold Steel is an American maker of knives, swords,…
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Hostile Areas

The complete tactical guide to pursuit of an enemy during combat operations (tactical and offense series).

Pursuit A pursuit differs from the exploitation in that its primary function is to complete the destruction of the targeted enemy force. Army doctrine regards a pursuit as an offensive task. Pursuit operations begin when an enemy force attempts to conduct retrograde operations. At that point, it becomes most vulnerable…
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Hostile Areas

The complete tactical guide to exploiting the enemy after a combat operations attack (tactical and offense series).

‌Exploitation An exploitation takes full advantage of offensive success, following up initial gains, and making permanent the temporary effects already achieved. Commanders at all echelons exploit successful offensive actions. Attacks that succeed in annihilating a defending enemy are rare. Failure to aggressively exploit success at every turn may give the…
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General Health

How to stay clean (and healthy) in the wilderness – even if no water is available.

Hygiene is a typical routine for most people but cleanliness in the wilderness is sometimes ignored by even the most devout germaphobe. In a wilderness survival setting, we tend to focus on food and water and forget that poor hygiene can lead to infestations, infections, and skin disease. Even eating…
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Tracking and Signs

How to identify Mountain Lion tracks and signs.

About Mountain Lions Mountain lions, also called cougars, may be found from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America. They possess the largest territory of any wild mammal. Mountain lions are mostly solitary animals, preferring to hunt and sleep alone. A single male may require up to…
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Hostile Areas

The complete tactical guide to attacking in combat operations (tactical and offense series).

Attack When the commander decides to attack, or the opportunity to attack occurs during combat operations, the execution of that attack must mass the effects of overwhelming combat power against selected portions of the enemy force with a tempo and intensity that cannot be matched by the enemy. The resulting…
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Product Reviews

Case Large Stockman pocketknife review – the legendary pocketknife you’ll pass on to your grandchildren.

Dating back to the 1800’s, Case pocketknives are an American legend. They’ve held their lofty standards for more than 100 years. With superior quality compared to most other brands, a case knife will last a lifetime – or longer. It’s no wonder so many collectors focus exclusively on collecting Case…
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Hostile Areas

The complete tactical guide for movement to contact in combat operations (tactical and offense series).

Movement to Contact When necessary, commanders order subordinates to conduct a movement to contact regardless of which element of decisive action is currently dominant—offense, defense, or stability. Commanders conduct a movement to contact to create favorable conditions for subsequent tactical tasks. A commander conducts a movement to contact when the…
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Product Reviews

Victorinox Swiss Army One-Hand Trekker Multi-Tool Pocket Knife – the most functional knife on the market is perfect for outdoor survival tasks.

The Swiss Army Trekker pocketknife, formally known as the Victorinox Swiss Army One-hand Trekker Multi-tool pocketknife is one of the best everyday-carry (EDC) knives I’ve come across to date. Its optimal size and legendary Victorinox quality make it a joy to carry and its intelligent choice of tools and ingenious…
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Hostile Areas

The complete guide to tactical offense in combat operations (tactical and offense series).

Basics of the Offense Offensive actions are combat operations conducted to defeat and destroy enemy forces and seize terrain, resources, and population centers. They impose the commander’s will on the enemy. A commander may also conduct offensive actions to deprive the enemy of resources, seize decisive terrain, deceive or divert…
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Product Reviews

Ka-Bar fighting knife product review – America’s choice for military knives is the best all-around outdoor knife money can buy.

Wilderness Arena Score: 97/100 It’s arguably the most famous fixed-blade knife design in the world. Produced by Ka-Bar, who has knife-manufacturing experience dating back to 1898, and built in the USA (Olean, New York), the Ka-Bar Fighting Knife has been used by military since 1942. Ka-Bar’s fighting knife is an…
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Product Reviews

Flexcut Micro Tools product review – you won’t find a better wood carving knife on the market.

Wilderness Arena Score: 92/100 Flexcut knives and micro tools A good pocket knife will suffice for most whittling tasks but nothing beats a tool specifically designed for carving wood. A wood carving or whittling knife will have a substantial handle for easy gripping which lets you carve longer without getting…
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Water Procurement

How to stockpile water in an emergency – how to treat and store water for long-term use

The average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water per day but you can get by with much less. According to government guidelines, for emergencies, it is recommended you store at least one gallon of water per person. About ¾ of the water would be used for consumption…
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Hostile Areas

How to plan, develop, and lead a guerilla warfare combat mission

  Guerilla warfare involves leading a small group of soldiers, such as armed civilians, while using unorthodox military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, and hit-and-run attacks, to fight a larger, more organized (and typically state-sponsored) enemy. Operations typically include a variety of strong surprise attacks against transportation routes, individual groups,…
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Survival News

Here’s a list of companies that have cut ties with the NRA – in case you want to, you know, boycott them or something

Yeah, they may get a little bit wacky sometimes, but the NRA is without a doubt the greatest supporter, and influencer, of Americans' rights to own guns. With fear running rampant, many companies are using the mass-shooting epidemic as a marketing ploy and are turning against the NRA – and…
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Hostile Areas

How to survive a nuclear attack and shelter against radioactive fallout debris

What is nuclear fallout? Fallout refers to the process by which wind carries radioactive materials through the air. After a nuclear bomb or other nuclear explosive device is detonated, residual radioactive material is propelled into the upper atmosphere. The material then falls from the sky, showering earth with radioactive debris.…
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Shelters

How to build a door-covered or pole-covered trench shelter for protection against elements, natural disasters, and nuclear fallout

  Covered trench shelters utilize the massive density and inherent strength of packed soil to create a protective shelter suitable for protection against natural and wartime elements including biological and nuclear fallout. Trench shelters also provide excellent wind and blast protection. Typical trench shelter plans fall into two categories, differentiated…
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Water Procurement

How to make a basic clean earth filter (filtering water with gravel and dirt)

  The most basic of water filters is the clean earth filter. Although not ideal for producing crystal clear clean drinking water, it does have the added advantage of filtering out some components that other filters are unable to remove. For instance, a basic clean earth filter can filter out…
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Misc supplies

How to make and deploy thermite for explosives, in-the-field welding, signaling and more

  All about thermite What is thermite? Thermite is an easy-to-make compound that creates an explosive exothermic reaction, producing a brief burst of extremely high temperature – enough to weld metal, explode steam, and even burn through concrete. Thermite, typically made from aluminum and iron oxide (rust), differs from gunpowder…
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Survival News

Redneck Revolt movement aims to show that just because you’re a redneck, doesn’t mean you have to be stupid

  The Redneck Revolt movement began in June 2016 when several members of old-style militia groups from Kansas and Colorado decided you didn’t have to be racist - or stupid - to be a patriot of your country. The group ditches traditional far-right paranoid antics and makes strong use of…
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Urban Survival

Mini-manual of the Urban Guerrilla – classic guerrilla warfare HowTo guide (1969)

  The Mini-manual of the Urban Guerrilla is a classic book written by Brazilian guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella in 1969. It consists of advice on how to disrupt and overthrow an authoritarian regime, aiming at revolution. The text has been banned in many countries, but remains in print and on…
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Hostile Areas

How to conduct group mission movement (how to capture an enemy or avoid detection while moving)

  On any mission, it is important to plan and execute proper group movement in order to avoid dangerous or risky areas. This includes movement of individuals within the group as well as teams (or squads) which act as smaller subsets of the group. The same principles military experts use…
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