This will be a short review of my first read through of John Mosby's "The Reluctant Partisan, The Guerrilla Volume 1". It will be short because, frankly, it's been a while since I read it and the amount of information in it is staggering. I would have to read it several times through to process it all and be putting it into practice to retain even half of it (if I was lucky).
"The Reluctant Partisan" is a collection of information on the basics and minimum requirements that a guerrilla fighter would need to have a chance in fighting against a larger conventional style force. Mosby looks at this through the lens of what he refers to as "a SHTF scenario". The information could be applied in slightly different scenarios, but the SHTF scenario (economic collapse followed by roving bands of cannibalistic San Franciscans, for example) is the guiding principle for a lot of the advice given.
The book covers topics such as leadership, physical training (abbreviated as PT, which is heavily emphasized), unarmed combatives, basics of what a rifleman should be able to do, emergency first aid in the context of a battlefield injury, fundamentals of land navigation, buddy team drills when in a fight, patrolling concepts, and mission planning. There's also a lot of good information in the appendices which happen to include drills to sharpen your rifle/marksmanship skills.
Mosby's style is unreservedly blunt and crude. If you don't like that, then you might have an even ruder awakening to what it really will take to survive a hairy situation. However, you would be missing out on an incredible wealth of knowledge if you let his style stop you from reading his book. If you just try to incorporate even the PT portion into your daily life, then I could guarantee you would be light years ahead of 90% of others.
Like I said, this review is intentionally short. If I delve into any of the topics listed above, then I feel I would be doing a disservice to the material. It really is that complete and deep. If you have any questions about the material, then please comment below and I'll be more than happy to answer your question. The cost as of this posting was $70. Pretty steep, but if you look at it as a textbook, then it's on par with anything you see in a college bookstore. So, again, don't hesitate to ask questions if you have reservations before purchasing.
You can also find a lot of Mosby's articles and columns over at Forward Observer Magazine
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