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Free Manuals: Military Manuals & Books About Knot-Tying

Here are some free downloads of various books on knots and military manuals that you may find useful. You may want to consider downloading them to an older laptop and sticking it in a Faraday Bag. This will let you keep them handy, even in a worst-case scenario, without the expense of printing them.


Essential Fishing Knots

Pioneering Knots and Lashings


Knots, Splices, Attachments and Ladders

Knots, Splices and Rope Work


Free military manuals

Arctic SubArctic SurvivalB-GL-323-003-FP-001

Basic Food Preparation

Canadian Military Field Craft

Marine Land Navigation

Mountain Operations FM3976

Pressure Points Military Hand to Hand Combat Guide

TC 31 – Special Forces Caching Techniques 

Terrain Analysis

Topographic Operations

US Army fm31 70 Basic Cold Weather Manual

US Army Combatives hand to hand combat FM-325-150

US Army Field Manual FM 3-19.15,

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My Revised Book, Emergency Preparedness & More

EP&More 2nd Edition_v7NOTE: The original founder of Preparedness Advice, Howard Godfrey, is the author of this book. I give it my full recommendation as an outstanding source of advice that covers a wide expanse of survival topics.

It has been a while since I have written a new post, since I have been enjoying a bit of time off, as well as working on new projects. One thing that I am very pleased with is that Noah has taken good care of this blog. Information continues to be widely shared and you are getting to see some different points of view.

I have been working on revising and updating the second edition of my book, “Emergency Preparedness and More, A Manual on Food Storage and Survival.…

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Every Prepper Needs a Good Reference Library

libraryIt seems like at least once or twice a day I am on the internet looking something up.  It is a great reference source.  We have a huge amount of information at our fingertips.  Now I remember the time before the internet, you had to have books at home or go to the library.  Information was harder to get.

You used to see books in people’s homes and they read them.  Today many people no longer own more than a few books.  Why bother when all the information you could ever want is readily available on the internet.  In many areas, even the library services are being reduced.…

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A Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking at its Best

Dutch ovenDutch oven cooking is an art.  The pioneers used it extensively and many considered their Dutch oven one of their prized possessions.  Now I have been involved in some Dutch oven cooking with some success and I have several of the Lodge Dutch ovens, but is has not been a real passion.

The other day I encounter a book published by Lodge.  It is the Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking.  One of my sons likes to use his Dutch oven and after reading this book, I am starting to see what I have been missing.

This book tells you everything you need to know to start using a Dutch oven. …

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A Free LDS Recipe Book that Will Help You Learn to Cook from Scratch

free LDS Recipe BookOne question that seems to come up regularly is how to cook from scratch with only very basic ingredients.  This is a hard one particularly for younger preppers.  Home making classes aren’t taught in school anymore and too many people rely on frozen or other types of prepared meals.  Over the years, I have posted quite a bit of information on the LDS (Mormon) Dry Pack Centers.  They have very reasonable prices and are open to everybody, but the choices are somewhat limited.  So here is a free LDS recipe book from Mormon Share that addresses this subject.

The book Food Storage Recipes  can be downloaded for free. …

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Can You Survive a Nuclear War?

nuclear warWith all the talk of a third world war going around, I think it is time to talk about the possibilities of surviving a nuclear war.  The first thing to understand is that most of what the public knows about nuclear war comes from disarmament spokesmen, Hollywood movies and science fiction books and is untrue.  If you don’t have the correct information, you won’t take the correct precautions and will reduce your chances of survival.

Many of us remember all the talk that went on during the cold war, when we last faced a threat of nuclear war. Well to some degree the threat has changed since the 1950 and 60s.…

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Free Preparedness Manuals to Download

free preparedness manualsIf you have been reading this blog for very long you probably know I like free stuff.  I am always on the lookout for it and like to pass along suggestion to all of you.  So here is a new list of free preparedness manuals you can download.  A few might be repeats, but I think that the majority are new ones.


NBC Field Handbook  A manual on protection from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons 

Special Operations – Caching Techniques TC.3129A  This is a new manual on caching

Liberated manuals, this link is to a site that has 4792 military manuals on it for you to download for free.  …

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A useful New Book, Tools for Survival

tools for survivalI recently received a copy of James Wesley, Rawles new book Tools for Survival.  The book is currently available on Amazon for pre-orders and I understand will be released on 30 Dec 2014.  Rawles has requested the people place orders on Dec 30, 2014.

Personally, I found Tools for Survival to be a good book, probably the best he has written since Patriots.  The book is basically an expanded list of the tools and other items; you will need to have a reasonably self-reliant homestead.  He has chapters on everything from food preservation and cooking tools to welding and blacksmithing tools.…

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How do You Carry Your Prepping Information in a Bug Out?

prepping informationOne problem with the idea of bugging out is that I have this nice library of prepping information.  Now it is in books and three ring binders and takes a lot of space.  Now I have downloaded a lot of this information onto a thumb drive which I keep with my everyday carry.

Thumb drives are small, inexpensive and hold a lot of  prepping information.  The downside of a thumb drive is that you need a computer to access the information.  Recently I was given a Kindle as a gift and have been pleasantly surprised at how useful it has become. …

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More Free Books for Preppers

free booksI am firmly convinced that the single most important prep is the knowledge that you carry in your head.  This information can be obtained one of several ways, the school of hard knocks, watching others or reading.  The one to avoid is the school of hard knocks.  Watch others and reading can be a much easier route.  Me I like to train with others or read free books.

That is probably why I like to accumulate many of the free books that are available on the web.  So here are a few more free books for you to add to your collection.…

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