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Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse (Reflections on Chapter 31)

Book:
James Wesley Rawles
Version:
Kindle Edition
Price:
7.40

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Rating:
5 Stars
On June 7, 2012
Last modified:June 7, 2012

Summary:

I really enjoyed the narration of chapter 31, and this chapter does provide a good insight into the tactics that may be required to start throwing off a tyrannical government. While all of this is very far-fetched, it is really interesting none the less.

I have been reading Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse, by James Wesley Rawles first published in May of 2009. I picked this book up for about $7 and am reading it on the kindle cloud reader and through the kindle android app on my cell phone. Patriots Amazon Kindle ScreenshotBelow are my reflections on Chapter Thirty-One of this book.

[warning]Possible Spoilers[/warning]

This chapter details in the first part of the chapter about how waging war is essentially a series of denial operations, the enemy is trying to deny the rebels the food and supplies that they need to live and wage war, while the rebels are trying to do the same exact thing to the UN troops.

This chapter also covers the idea of a Thomas Triad. The idea behind a Thomas triad is that 3 people is the minimum number of people that is needed to tactically engage an enemy. In other words there is one person that is able to be resting, while one person is performing logistics duties, and another person that is able to perform guard duties.

In this chapter the group ends up planning an attack on the bunkers of the Federals. They kept certain parts of this attack secret, even from the people that were going to carry out the attack to prevent the Federals from possibly finding out the tactics that the Rebels would use to raid these bunkers.

The rebels unfortunately got overrun while running a rehearsal for the bunker raid, but once they had determined that the specifics of their mission had not been compromised, they decided to carry out the mission.

An interesting guerrilla tactic that the rebels used against the advancing Federal platoons was to use large strobe lights to temporary blind the enemy by flashing bright flashes of light which then shut off the Federals night vision gear and ruined their night sight temporally.

After being overrun by the Federals while at their dress rehearsal the Rebels regrouped and then raided the bunkers of the Federals.

Out of this attack the Rebels ended up amassing APCs and other vehicles, along with other milspec weapons, and also they were able to amass intelligence on the operations of the Federals.

Personally, I feel that parts of this book seem very far-fetched but realistic at the same time. I guess the chances of a full scale collapse ever happening are fairly low, and then understanding how people will organize after the collapse is even harder to understand. The book does demonstrate though how doing tactical drills with other people before even a large scale issue occurs, after something bad does happen you will be able to fall back on these sorts of training. Though practicing tactical drills seen as not PC (Politically Correct), in our current day, if we are ever subjected to a tyrannical government , we would not have the means to throw that government off, because the militias that used to be common place in our culture are now very rare.

I will keep reading, I will let you all know what I think of Chapter 32 of the book soon. Feel free to post your own reflections in the comment area below this blog post on Chapter 31 of the Patriots book.

I really enjoyed the narration of chapter 31, and this chapter does provide a good insight into the tactics that may be required to start throwing off a tyrannical government. While all of this is very far-fetched, it is really interesting none the less.

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