Movement in Urban Terrain during WROL

Movement in Urban Terrain during WROL

Today we present the first in a series of tips taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tips will help you with Movement in Urban Terrain during WROL.

HOW TO MOVE [in urban terrain] (more…)

Making an Improvised Compass – Field Expedient Direction Finding

Andrew’s Note:  Today we present another lesson from our Military Pedagogy series.  This discussion, from FM 21-76, the U.S. Army Survival Manual [Approved For Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited] is on making an improvised compass for Field Expedient Direction Finding.

In a survival situation, you will be extremely fortunate if you happen to have a map and compass.  If you do have these two pieces of equipment, you will most likely be able to move toward help.  If you are not proficient in using a map and compass, you must take the steps to gain this skill.

There are several methods by which you can determine direction by using the sun and the stars.  These methods, however, will give you only a general direction.  You can come up with a more nearly true direction if you know the terrain of the territory or country.

You must learn all you can about the terrain of the country or territory to which you or your unit may be sent, especially any prominent features or landmarks.  This knowledge of the terrain together with using the methods explained below will let you come up with fairly true directions to help you navigate.

MAKING IMPROVISED COMPASSES

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The Watch Method of Field Expedient Direction Finding

Andrew’s Note:  Today we present another lesson from our Military Pedagogy series.  This discussion, from FM 21-76, the U.S. Army Survival Manual [Approved For Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited] is on using the Watch Method of Field Expedient Direction Finding.

In a survival situation, you will be extremely fortunate if you happen to have a map and compass.  If you do have these two pieces of equipment, you will most likely be able to move toward help.  If you are not proficient in using a map and compass, you must take the steps to gain this skill.

There are several methods by which you can determine direction by using the sun and the stars.  These methods, however, will give you only a general direction.  You can come up with a more nearly true direction if you know the terrain of the territory or country.

You must learn all you can about the terrain of the country or territory to which you or your unit may be sent, especially any prominent features or landmarks.  This knowledge of the terrain together with using the methods explained below will let you come up with fairly true directions to help you navigate.

The Watch Method

You can also determine direction using a common or analog watch–one that has hands.

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Transportation in Full Spectrum Preparedness

Today we return to the our series introducing each of the 10 Foundations of Full Spectrum Preparedness in more detail.  In these articles we’ll start fleshing out the Fundamentals of Full Spectrum Preparedness.  Essentially, this series will discuss each Fundamental’s place in our Full Spectrum Preparedness cognitive model and briefly discuss how each Fundamental interacts with the other nine.  These articles are about the concepts, in later articles we’ll provide practical tactics, techniques and procedures for each Fundamental.  We continue this discussion with Transportation in Full Spectrum Preparedness:

Why is Transportation Preparedness Important

Transportation preparedness serves a key support role in your preparedness efforts.  In the event of a breakdown of modern transportation networks, a fuel distribution interruption, an electro magnetic pulse or even societal or personal economic difficulties you will need a transportation plan.  For transportation planning you should consider a layered approach with backup and alternate plans.  Some of the potentials requirements you should plan primary and backup transportation plans are: (more…)

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