I recently received a copy of "Holding Your Ground" by Joe Nobody ("Do you think that is a pen name?" Enola Gay asks) to peruse and review. Being more of a guy read than a lady thing, Sir Knight was the first to read it. As he read, I got the distinct impression (due to the fact that he didn't put it down for two days) that it was well worth the ink on the page.
Sir Knight read intently, occasionally putting the book down and looking at me over his glasses remarking "Hey, we need to think about putting an ADS (Area Denial System) in place" or "Did you know that they made trail cameras that connect wirelessly (no internet or phone service) to your computer from up to a mile away? - We could track enemy movement!".
Joe Nobody was in the military. Although he never mentions his background, it is clear by his writings that he has experience with "Holding his Ground". In the current conflicts in the middle east, many of our soldiers have spent years in camps sharpening the skills required to hold their ground. Not having been in the military, Sir Knight found "Holding Your Ground" to be chuck full of clear, concise information for setting up and defending your home in the event of the unthinkable. Much more than stringing up razor wire and making homemade land mines (the book doesn't advocate either of these techniques), "Holding Your Ground" walks you through methodology, technique and execution of securing your perimeter without doing damage to your property or creating an eyesore. He also takes into consideration the concerns of securing a home where children and animals are present.
"Holding Your Ground" has an Excel spreadsheet that is accessible online to help you evaluate the defensibility of your bug-out location and the skills of your group. Once you determine your defensive position and skills, the book walks you through practical steps to increase both your defense and your skill sets.
This book does not waste your time with in-depth discussion on firearms or training - it simply encourages you to take advantage of all of the information that is available on firearms and tactics, to do your own research, to get firearms and ammunition and to get the best training you can afford.
There are sections on how to defend the block you live on (if you are in the suburbs), what areas to cover, fields of fire and it goes so far as to detail the best way to defend an apartment building. Setting up a perimeter, including neighbors in your defense plan, dealing with hostiles and those that don't appear hostile (but are) and suggestions on bullet-proofing your firing positions are all included.
The long and short of it? Buy this book. DO NOT put this book and mothball it on a shelf. It is only effective if you read it and put it into practice. It will make you rethink your defense strategy (or make you think about it, if you haven't already) and give you clear direction as you plan your TEOTWAWKI strategy. Sir Knight suggests that you read this book, research some of the ideas, read the book again and then implement (or prepare for) the ideas that would be practical for your location.
I must admit, after Sir Knight read "Holding Your Ground", I had to pick it up. I found it fascinating! It was easy for me to understand (even with my lack of tactical knowledge) and had me planning window boxes with beautiful flowers ( when filled with 12 inches of sand they present effective bullet-proofing for up to a .308 caliber rifle!) for all of my windows.
"Holding Your Ground" is an indispensable tool for your preparedness arsenal. It comes very highly recommended.
Note: Someone with military experience may not find this book particularly helpful, being familiar with the principles already. However, for the average "Joe" it is practical and thought provoking.