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    The Library

    Post links to books and manuals that are "must haves" in your Survival and Preparedness Library - this is a source for hard-copy information, or sources that can be printed out.

    Bonus points for sources of free information, but NO shady torrents of other such nonsense.
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    A good place to start

    Multi-Service Survival Manual: Survival, Evasion & Recovery

    FM 21-76-1
    MCRP 3-02H
    NWP 3-50.3
    AFTTP(I) 3-2.26

    Multi-Service First Aid Manual

    FM 4-25.11

    A ton of Army Field Manuals in various formats:

    Looking forward to other additions.
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    Interesting article on water; filtration, storage, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlk18 View Post
    Interesting article on water; filtration, storage, etc.

    Great information. Two interesting suggestions were never ration water and adding bleach to stored tap water.

    I have quite a few purification tablets stored, but really need to stock up on contaminate filtering devices.
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    Reecently added to the personal library.

    The Survival Handbook, Colin Towell, Dorling Kindersly.


    The author was the Royal Navy's Chief Survival Instructor and has spent 30 some years teaching survival skills to all branches of the military including SF. He also spent 3 years at the US Navy SERE School as the Chief Instructor.

    My Thoughts:

    The book provides a good and comprehensive introduction to the novice student, hopefully encouraging further learning and practice. For the advanced student it gives an excellent refreher of previously learnt information and also points at some new skills that may not have been encountered previously.


    Well worth $30.00.

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    Where There Is No Doctor

    I have this PDF saved on every computer I own. Can't link it directly, but this is pretty close: (The title is "Where There Is No Doctor,")

    500 pages of very, very comprehensive medical information spelled out in layman's terms.

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    Not technically survival stuff, and there are certainly newer versions of most of these PDFs, but some of you might find a nugget or two you hadn't seen elsewhere:

    and heres a guy with a few files:

    and another site:

    some car stuff, thought some might like it:

    not PDFs, but an interesting site:

    more of an academic site, but might interest someone:
    some stuff that might interest some people:

    Map stuff at bottom of page

    A few general PDFs

    A few PDFs on the right on this blog:

    Couple of rope-related PDFs here under the ebooks section for you knot/ rope fans:

    I've seen this elsewhere but never checked out this site:

    they have more docs here

    Some interesting documents relating to the mountain men that may have survival applications:

    We always see the US .mil FMs on the gun boards. Here is the Canadian equivalent stuff, in case anyone has ever wanted to look over their stuff:

    Some of this stuff might be of interest to someone; I include it mainly for the knot PDF's

    Entertainment Value only. For you zombie lovers

    I have no idea if any of this might be useful, but it looks interesting:

    DIY Gunpowder:

    Historical in nature, but you may find interesting:

    bunch of solar downloads here that might be useful to someone

    Information in here sounds interesting in the right context

    Some general prepedness PDFs from this site:

    I've steered away from posting links to other boards, but since this board seems to be hosting quite a few PDFs I hadn't seen elsewhere, I thought I'd make an exception. Registration is required, but no minimum post count required before you can download, as with some other boards:

    There are chapters 2 through 4 online; here is chapter 4, about saws:

    While the parent directory revolves around a particular medical issue, i thought there were some items listed here that might have some general medical interest:

    If you are into AKs, G3, etc, this guy seems to have a wider selection of manuals than I've seen elsewhere

    Some non-survival reading
    Some planting PDFs on this site

    more interesting sites pdf here:

    A few manuals for .mil heaters listed on the right side of the page

    Some PDFs and other info in there that might be interesting

    click on this guys' pics and it leads to PDFs on the topic:

    Not quite survival related, but interesting stuff:

    medical info:
    Last edited by tc556guy; 12-08-10 at 14:47.

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    Thats a great list. Thanks
    I got some reading to do.

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    More Links,1
    PDFs at bottom of page:
    Alcohol PDFs on bottom of page:

    PAW fiction:

    Medical cheat sheets:

    SOME stuff on this site is free and downloadable. You need to pick around the folders:
    Check out other links to left of this page:
    A few more sites, concentrating on weapons manuals. Tried to not repeat any links already posted.

    Right side of the page:

    links on right side of page:

    Articles and downloads:

    Click on the pictures for the PDFs:

    PDFs about radiological emergencies for first responders:
    Consider poking around the rest of that site for more information.
    Some replication of some downloads from elsewhere, but also some information I havenít seen anywhere else:
    Lots of downloadable medical stuff here:
    This link went out on one of the prepper boards. Including it here for the folks who might have a reason to use one of the firearms-related calculators:
    Background nuke info for those interested:

    Surf around the parent directory, but between the JPG collection and the survival books, I found these two links to be the most useful portions of the site:

    Scroll down page for some free plans:

    Spreadsheets for every imaginable thing. You might want to poke around the parent directory as well. Obviously there is a focus here on agriculture, but see if anything else interests you:

    You might find something useful here about agriculture:
    Most of this sites stuff is repetitive, but since many of these sites seem to drop off the net without warning, it doesn't hurt to have a backup site with similar material on it:

    I saw this site and figured stuff on it about the old dairy tech might help SOMEONE here eventually:

    Mostly duplication of other sites' stuff, but there ARE some things here I haven't seen elsewhere:

    You'll need to do a search for "PDF","download", direct link to each PDF:

    Old stove instructions:

    Some of you who still have tools from when they made that stuff here in the US might find one or more of these useful:
    For any Brits in the audience:

    Shelf Stable Ingredient Cookbook:

    You'll need to click on survival manuals on the left side of the page:

    Free PDFs. Some are downloads, some are read-online only

    A few downloads from a Brit scout site. Might be useful for teaching stuff to your kids:

    I keep seeing peoplepost about using a straight razor post-SHTF. You might want to read up on this: ... r_hive.pdf .

    Couple of food/ foraging PDF links from this page:

    Tinfoils loose here, reader beware:

    Check out the manual and pamphlets sections:

    Not sure I'm ready to eat these, but some of you might find this cookbook interesting!

    Planting schedules:

    It is a dirty job but I suppose someone throughout history has had to do it. if PDFs on sewers and their history/ upkeep are your thing, look here:

    Hadn't heard of this site. Free e-books:

    Free audio books:
    Generator Manuals:,

    You have to poke around the site to see all downloads:

    Some of this stuff looks interesting

    Few PDFs here on quilrts, tarps, BOB Calculators, etc;jse...2-000bdba87d5b

    If metalworking is in your plans:

    For those who want to retrofit shipping containers as shelters:

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    I've recently finished reading "The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why" by Amanda Ripley and I am wondering if there are any other books that would be worth reading on the subject of training yourself to combat the effects of immobility and brain fog during an extreme situation.

    I've searched for books written by specwar members about combating brain fog but haven't really located any.

    I am mainly looking for exercises and training regimes to help my mind stay lucid during an attack or extreme situation. Recently after finding a few suggestions online, I've taught myself to juggle, and learned an additional language, all of which have been proven to help the brain remain cognitive under stress.

    Any other suggestions?
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