Open Thread: Bunker Books – Volume I — Tactical/Practical

Continuing the theme of what to do if/when Internet access is lost/compromised, what hard-copy tactical/practical works should all FreeFor members have on their shelves both for personal use and the training of others?

Include links wherever possible, please, along with full title and author names.

35 responses to “Open Thread: Bunker Books – Volume I — Tactical/Practical

  1. Todd Steward

    You forgot your links

  2. My first recommendation is “Where There is No Doctor” at This and many others on the site are well worth it. Many of them can be downloaded for free if you have plans for solar power for your computer. If not I suggest purchasing the printed copies.

  3. my 2 cents: Go online and seach up the convicted child molesters in your area. copy each page as an HTML document, so you have last known address, mugshot and physical stats of each insect. These copies can put onto flash card, or CDROM, but make a binder of paper copies as well.

    When it all rolls over, some of your people are going to be unblooded. The book of “volunteers” you just created would be a nice way to help ease them into new things instead of a cold water immersion. Not to mention doing humanity and community a great service.

  4. FYI whatever e-book you find online, if it’s in .pdf format you can shoot it over to you local Staples to print off. Esp. useful for books out-of-print.

  5. Medical preparations will be a necessity. I would highly suggest purchasing a minimum of two quality first aid kits. Other prep need to include any prescription you may be taking and a good supply of antibiotics. You can obtain large supply of antibiotics from you local Co-op if you have no other source. These are sold with the attention for use on large animals but are essentially the same as what might be prescribed from your doctor. When the SHTF you will be glad you have something. Another couple of item you need to have in your kit is Colloidal silver. It is very expensive to buy but with little effort you can make your own by obtaining plans on the internet and making your own unlimited supply. If you don’t know the benefits of it you can read a lot of info about the benefits online. Hydrogen peroxide is another prep a good medical kit should contain. Of course none of these will do you a bit of good if you have not stored up a good supply of healthy food for not only yourself but you family and others you will almost certain need to take care of. There are so many other things you need to have but lets get the most necessary item needed to stay healthy. You need to be part of the answer and not part of the problems that are about to befall each and everyone on this piece of dirt we call Earth.
    God bless you all and pray for our heavenly Fathers grace and supply upon all His creation.
    A good place to start is at the following website

  6. ‘Contact! A Tactical Manual for POst Collapse Survival’ by Max Velocity:
    ‘Rapid Fire! Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations’ by Max Velocity:

    *Note: I say ‘OR’ because the books are not designed as sequels, but for different audiences. The backbone of TTPs is common to both books. ‘Contact!’ is aimed at preppers for a collapse type situation, ‘Rapid Fire’ contains no mention of prepping but expands more on the tactical side, for example including helicopter operations and living in places like Iraq and Afghanistan that I did not consider would be relevant to a prepper in a domestic post collapse situation.
    So the bottom line is that I recommend that you pick one depending on your level of experience and what you need it for.
    Either one will give you a solid grounding in small unit tactics, and the conduct thereof.It also contains lessons and TTPs from experiences conducting high threat vehicle movement, close protection, as well as the more conventional infantry operations such as patrolling, attack and defense.
    A quote from an Amazon Review:
    “So good it made me think I was in Ranger School!”
    (But you don’t have to get the haircut, unless you really want to…)

  7. TM-31-210
    Available for download several places.

  8. Although my bookshelf is crammed with decent books, my thought is not to accept their reality. There is no reason to accept being without the ability to communicate with other Patriots.

    There is this “alternative communications network” being setup by John Jacob Schmidt “in case of emergency.” It is called the American Redoubt Network (A.R.N.) and the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network (AmRRON). It is people all over the country. What it is (basically) as it is not well explained on the site, are guys who have HAM radio licenses, and have other less powerful, less regulated radios such as CB, or MERS. In this way, they will hear the information over the long distance, very hard to jam HAM, and repeat it over the CB, or MERS radio. This creates a human information relay that is very hard to jam.

    BTW, HAM radio’s can be connected together and pass IP traffic. This is called the Amateur Packet Radio Network or AMPRNet. Thus to do something great for the Patriot community would be to setup a like-minded Patriot oriented group of AMPRNet operators and put up several file servers (redundancy) crammed full of what we need.

    BTW, in addition to books since getting out of dodge may be quick, I also collect PDF’s of book on my Kindle. In this way, (as long as I can charge the thing) I have access to a lot of information in a small form. The simply black & white Kindle has a long battery life and is very light. Just thoughts.

    • Prairie Fire

      Good idea, I’d like to learn more about it, keeping it on the simpler side. My HF radio stuff is done off of 12v, mostly with field expedient antennas, and I’m not into the more complex stuff such as packet.

      I see some utility in a network that goes from HF info gathering and disseminating, to passing that down to people who don’t have the HF reach. Depending… it might be worthwhile to buy a CB to pass traffic down the line.

      Talk here or go through our gracious host via email. Thanks.

  9. I know I said I’d be going to the shadows, but I suck at staying gray. I’ll need to work on that.
    Meanwhile here are some resources for pdfs

    another is lots on there if you know how/where to look.

  10. FCC licensees – amateur, business, aviation, marine, public safety, etc –

    Advanced search, select your criteria, select “query download” on the result page. Names, callsigns, and addresses in a pipe delimited text file for importing into a spreadsheet, or print it out. In most cases, the licensee address will be the location of the transmitter/antenna. Further research on the license type will usually yield their freqs. Good info to have.

  11. Primary Surgery Vols I & II
    Primary Anaesthesia

    Some chapters online:

  12. You can try here:

    You may only find operational level doctrine open source. I am unaware of an open source publication for BritMil SUT at the tactical level: it is my training and experience with this that I have captured in some of the content of Contact and Rapid Fire. I think a lot of that is passed on word of mouth in training and operations.

  13. Might I suggest philosophical underpinnings as well? In no particular order, nor complete:
    The Bible
    Collection of anti-federalist papers, and federalist papers
    Thoreau, Emerson – writings on freedom
    Bastiat – the Law
    Machiavelli – The Prince
    T. Paine – Common Sense
    Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution
    AJ Nock – Our Enemy, the State
    Rose Wilder Lane – Discovery of Freedom – discounting for the “saracen” nonsense though
    Writers HL Mencken, Garet Garrett, Hayek, von Mises
    G Edward Griffin – the creature from Jekyll Island
    Sun Tzu
    Adam Smith – wealth of Nations
    Royce – Hologram of Liberty
    M Bracken’s trilogy
    J Ross – unintended consequences (disregard the gratuitous sex scenes)
    and perhaps something from the other side –
    Alinsky, Marx, Hitler, Mao

  14. Loss of internet does not mean loss of personal data stores.

    Although having hard copies of necessary sources is best in many cases, having a local copy in digital format stored on a system always kept in your personal possession is often as good or even better (1’s and 0’s don’t weigh anything).

  15. camping and woodcraft by horace kephart. get the university/tennessee press edition. then don’t leave home without it.

    • W/heldbyrequest

      In the same vein, all the Tom Brown survival series. His book on Urban Survival is, IMO, must reading for anyone who’ll be stranded in an urban/city area.
      Let us not forget the weed cookbooks and natural game cooking. A skwerrel is tasty when prepared properly. 😛

  16. camping and woodcraft by horace kephart is the download site. It can be downloaded as a PDF, Kindle book, etc.

  17. Phill Revere

    100 Free Survival downloads, including: Where there is no Doctor, Where there is no Dentist. Rawles had this link on survivalblog.

  18. Latest data shows post facto prosecution for unpopular thoughts is the new meme. For example: Everyone and his mother tried to paint Zimmerman as a White Supremacist (not that there is anything wrong with that!) in order to whip up race hatred. Of course it turned out that the BBP simply issued a Fatwa on his head anyway, however it was only the absence of evidence that prevented a jail cell murder by a “brother”. The first thing the cops will go after is your Computer, backup drive, etc looking for evidence of “hate” defined as “whatever” the current regime wants it to be. May I suggest TrueCrypt encryption software that is free, mounts and works transparently on the fly, can hide multiple discs and is above the level of security our Government requires for its own top secret information. It could save your butt big time.

  19. Prairie Fire

    I wouldn’t want to try and beat itor’s list, above. Though CA says such a list might be a little early in his info-gathering from the commentariat here.

    But for hard times, a deck of cards is hard to beat. Even where I live, so many people seem tied to that thing between their thumbs or in their ear. A person’s gotta wonder what behaviors they will revert to, when that little electronic deck doesn’t work anymore.

    Solitaire works to pass the time and to breed decent thoughts while doing it. It worked well for Eisenhower and has worked for others.

  20. The query was for books so am omitting the solar charged laptop you still want, with a sound-card to use as the random generator for your one-time-pad generator (your laptop’s chip is not random). A book with all kinds of useful tidbits like tutorials in the use of kinds of warning flags, wig-wags, semaphores, and other projects is Gilbert Signal Engineering (from the early 20th century series devoted to bringing up boys who could actually be useful men. PDF (and some other formats) free, here:

  21. Personally I’d like a few six volume space opera science fiction things to pass the time with. My kids loved Ender’s Game. I still like Heinlein’s stuff, particularly the later works, almost everything by Ian M. Banks is fantastic. Linda Nagata’s “Vast” series Alastair Reynods “Absolution Gap” series, I’ll probably re-read it,

  22. Cassandra (of Troy)

    The following are at :

    U.S. History

    White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America
    They Were White and They were Slaves: The Untold Story of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America
    The Whiskey Rebellion
    Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England
    Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
    Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860
    Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South
    Black Southerners in Gray
    Forgotten Confederates: An Anthology About Black Southerners, Vol. 14
    Black Rednecks and White Liberals
    New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America
    The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
    The Secret World of American Communism
    Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the American Film Industry in the 1930s and 1940s
    Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance with the Left
    The Abuse of Innocence: The McMartin Preschool Trial


    Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
    Economic Facts and Fallacies: Second Edition
    Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One
    The Creature from Jekyll Island

    Politicized Science

    Scientific Irrationalism: Origins of a Postmodern Cult
    Forbidden Archeology
    The First American
    Not Out of Africa
    Heresy In The University: The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibilities of American Intellectuals
    Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, and Fraud in the Writing of American History
    In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage
    War Before Civilization
    Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage
    The Ecological Indian: Myth and History
    The Memory Wars: Freud’s Legacy In Dispute
    Freudian Fraud: The Malignant Effect of Freud’s Theory on American Thought and Culture
    Kinsey, Sex, and Fraud: The Indoctrination of a People
    Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population
    Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case
    Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse And The Making Of A Modern American Witch Hunt


    Death By Government
    Heaven On Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism
    The Great Terror: A Reassessment
    The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
    Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century
    Fascism and Paganism: A brief comparison of Nazism, Communism and Islam
    A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
    The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
    The Quest for Cosmic Justice
    The Closing of the American Mind
    Intellectuals and Society

    The following are at :


    Jeff Cooper
    Principles of Personal Defense
    The Art of the Rifle
    To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth

    Louis Awerbuck/DVD
    The Combat Shotgun

    The following are at :

    Bill Jordan
    No Second Place Winner

    Unrepentant Sinner: The Autobiography of Col. Charles Askins


    Alfred Bester
    The Stars My Destination
    (A GREAT story of revenge & redemption)

    Robert Heinlein
    The Past Through Tomorrow
    (Well worth having, but do yourself a favor & try to find this locally as even a used paperback’s expensive)

    Glory Road & Tunnel In The Sky
    (2 ripsnorters that kids might find interesting w/ the 2nd one being about kids on their own in a survival situation)

    Tom Reamy
    Blind Voices
    (A great romantic story for the 12-14 female group, but don’t be surprised if more mature ladies like it)

    Richard Matheson
    I Am Legend
    (If you’ve seen Heston’s The Omega Man or Will Smith’s titled version, read this as it’s the original story & therefore much better, imo. Not necessarily for the kiddies, however)

    David Drake
    The Military Dimension Mark II
    (Mil sci-fi anthology that some of the Nam vets out there may find interesting as Drake did TreadHead duty In Country. Not for the kiddies unless they’re reasonably mature or you’re a Great Santini-type parent)

    Groff Conklin/Ed.
    13 Great Stories of Science Fiction
    (A good all-around/all ages anthology. Volpla is a poignant heartbreaker w/ a dual lesson about responsibility & freedom, Worp Reaction is a hilarious tale about paranoia & bureaucracy. Worth having)

    I stumbled on what appears to be a free sci-fi site while researching the above 2 stories, I think I still have the book but can’t find it yet still recall those stories. For those who may be interested in giving it a whirl, here’s the URL.:

    Final note about sci-fi. While at Amazon, select Books & type in NESFA in the search box, click, & prepare to go absoflippinlutely apes**t when you see not only the results but the type & UNBELIEVEABLE prices of what you’ll find. I did, GOTTA win that Lottery if only to get what NESFA’s published & then get a house to put it in!

    Cassandra (of Troy)

  23. Colorado Pete


    +1 on Groff Conklin anthologies, he had a genius for picking stories. Other G.C. titles to get are: Science Fiction Adventures in Dimension, Science Fiction Adventures in Mutation, Science Fiction Adventures in Time, Possible Worlds of Science Fiction. All awesome reads.

    Has anybody heard of Stanislaw Lem? He is a Polish M.D. Sci-fi writer. Absolute genius. He will bend your mind and also have you ROTFLYAO.
    Solaris, The Star Diaries, Return from the Stars, Mortal Engines, The Futurological Congress, Memoirs of a Space Traveler, Tales of Pirx the Pilot, and more. This man is an international treasure.

    Kenneth Roberts: Historical fiction of early America (1700’s – early 1800’s) Northwest Passage (Robert Rogers & his Rangers, the St. Francis expedition), Arundel (Benedict Arnold’s epic expedition through the wilderness of Maine to Quebec), Rabble in Arms (the northern Revolution through Saratoga), Lydia Bailey (slave revolt in Haiti to Preble’s expedition against the Barbary pirates), The Lively Lady, & Captain Caution (privateer ships in the War of 1812). Magnificent storyteller, an American treasure.

    Oh, and coming out next year from Gun Digest: The Gun Digest Shooter’s Guide to Rifle Marksmanship ( in March, and the same-same in Pistol Marksmanship, in July.

    Hope you don’t mind me shamelessly plugging my books…

    • Cassandra (of Troy)

      Colorado Pete/18Nov12@01:17,

      Agreed on GC, the anthology I listed is one of my absolute faves & others I’ve read were equally well done. I wasn’t kidding about the NESFA books, check ’em out & prepare for a MAJOR cardiac event & if you want to risk total systemic shutdown type in leather bound classics. Here’s a teaser: Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, The Arabian Nights, & Dickens’ Canterbury Tales including Oliver Twist & Great Expectations, hardcover, in leather, for $46.53!


      The part that haunts me about the above is that the way my luck goes I’d get ’em & imitate Burgess Meredith in Time Enough At Last.

      Cassandra (of Troy)

  24. Colorado Pete

    C of T,
    Get after those Stanislaw Lem & Kenneth Roberts titles I listed. Magnificent stuff.

    And buy my shooting books when they come out….;-)