Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Upsall
Last week, I covered some individual knowledge you need to know "If" you're going to get into warfare.
Today, I'm going to cover some buddy and team information.
A Partner (Battle Buddy)
The 'Battle Buddy' is an uniquely military concept. Some people thinks it's something like being friends with a person. It isn't. Yeah, liking your battle buddy is a good thing, but it's not being friends.
Being a battle buddy is developing a rapport with someone so you can watch out for them or save their life when things go bad.
For most preppers, it's going to be you and your partner or a friend and you. Try not to have an adult and child be battle buddies. The age difference is too extreme.
Now, that I have said that, I'm going to change the focus, just a little, to just partners. As in moving from place to place together.
During hostilities or tough times, no one ever goes anywhere by themselves. Children are actively watched by an adult to prevent kidnappings. Armed young ladies and young men travel together to prevent rapes, kidnappings, and other nastiness. Adults travel together, usually male and female, to give a softer but tough appearance and to prevent trouble.
Notice, I didn't mention that the adults were armed because Adults are always Armed!
No Shooting, Yet
So, ... The really, really tough times have hit and you're moving from place to place.
First, you're (as an individual) going to move from cover to cover. That means, you walk to a tree and stop. You might want to drop to a knee or lay prone then aim your rifle as you cover your partner as your partner moves to a covered position. (You have been reading the resources, right)
As your partner moves, you scan for any villains. "If" shooting starts, you immediately return 'Aimed' fire, either at muzzle flashes or (if you can't see muzzle flashes) to likely hiding places. (Hey, warfare is ammunition intensive. Remember, these United States' military fires hundred of rounds for one enemy causality.)
In the beginning as you're getting use to moving like this or during training, you might want to use voice or hand and arm signals. It goes like this.
You - look for a place to move to then once you find it, you say "Cover me"
Buddy - says "Got you covered"
You - say "Moving" then you get up and walk, actively watching for villains
Buddy - while you move, the buddy actively watches for villains by aiming their rifle. The buddy also watches you, waiting for you to take up your position.
You - once you're in position, you say "In Position"
When I say "In Position" I mean settled, rifle pointing in the direction of travel with you ready to return fire "If" you or your buddy comes under fire.
Next, your buddy does the same thing.
Now, depending on the terrain, mission, and other variables, you and your partner may move past each other (leap frog) as you travel or you may come abreast of each other. It's all going to depend.
Now, as you practice, you and your partner will quit talking and just start moving as you get to know each other.
Needless to say, the above method is for really, really tough times. For lesser times, you can move together but 5 to 10 yards apart (5 to 10 meters), so one burst from a machine gun won't kill both of you at the same time. Hey, it's really tough times!
Just add more people and you have a team moving. Just remember, one watches as another moves.
Sorry, I cut "The Team" portion short, but I wanted to get to the part about the villains.
Villains (male and female) may or may not do some looking before attacking you and your family (hopefully you have a lot of friends, too). In the military it's called reconnaissance.
Just to make you paranoid.
An unknown person knocking at your door could be a recon to see when you're home. Or, ... Someone walking down your street, glancing at your house. Or, ... A little child asking for a handout that reports back to ...
Sometimes the villains may do a recon, by firing at your home or a smaller attack to see your response to their action. Too small of reaction would indicate a possible home to attack.
Hey, warfare is mentally intensive.
So, .. The villains attack your home. Depending on their numbers, they may easily overwhelm your defenses, just by shooting and running towards your home. That's why "If" really, really tough times happen, your going to want a lot of friends, living with you. With guns and lots of ammo!
Now, ... For some military theory.
Attackers want 3 to 1 odds, at least. That means for every defender (your family and friends) the villains wants three people.
Say you have a family of four, to be successful an attacker would want 12 people. Yes, your young daughter, shooting a Ruger 10/22 (.22 LR) with several 25 round magazines is considered a defender. She just needs to aim for the head, stomach, thighs, and ... you know 'center mass' and shoot the same person a couple of times!
Enough military theory.
Now, ... We have a lot of former and current military in our society; some of them, sad to say, are villains. These folks are going to pass their knowledge to others, just like I am to you.
So, ... You're going to have to worry about being flanked.
Notice, the villains (the three Xs) are laying down a base of fire. Their bullets, headed towards you and your family, keeping your heads down and making it almost impossible to return fire.
Next, one of the group (the single Xs) sneak around and tries to get close to kill you by entering your house or use some kind of explosive device. Either way, the villains are trying to kill you and your family.
You can prevent this by looking for the flanking maneuver.
Needless to say, you have to be watching for this tactic in store parking lots, too
I was reading an after action review (someone telling a story) where a gentleman is leaving a China-Mart. As he walks out of the store, two villains start following him. One splits off and walks around to his left as the gentleman gets to his car while the other villain continues to follow him.
The gentleman pushes a cart to block the first villain then draws his handgun and points it at the villain following him. Needless to say, the villains quickly make an escape.
I haven't read the book about defending your home (it's a popular book from a few years ago), but I did read some reviews.
In one of the reviews, the writer said your family should camouflage your home to make it look like it is a burnt out wreck. Supposedly, villains would avoid it because the villains would think it's not worth the effort. Plus, others would avoid it, too. (Not worth the effort to salvage burnt food, clothing, and other items)
I disagree, I think families should ban together to hold off villains kind'a like Clan Mackenzie from Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling (I have recently read it, two months ago. It's worth the time), run combat patrols, and ... other military operations.
Of course, the best course of action is to leave the country for a more peaceful place like ... Where ever is the most peaceful place, that decade.
Or, ... You could try to 'Lone Wolf' it by yourself like someone suggested, last week.
Needless to say, you're going to fight it out, so I'll tell you about abushes.
But before I do, please read this quote from John Adams
"I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce, and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelaine." Letter to Abigail Adams, May 12, 1780
In other words ...
You are a Soldier, so your sons and daughters can be Farmers, so their daughers and sons can be Poets
I'll see you next week ; - )