I do not claim the role of the Messiah or the harsh, experienced survivor, as well as what I can share with you, can not be called the only survival benefit. As you know, my dear readers, at this time I am writing a story on a subject close to us all. And so, now I decided in parallel with the story to start writing and a small survival manual.
I was pushed into contact with Chester, Zhivchik, Orgies, the Doctor, the March Cat, the Alchemist and other comrades in the site http://www.crashplanet.ru. I wish my friends good health and will try to convey to them my modest experience. If during the war and other “minor” inconveniences this experience will help them survive, I will be unspeakably happy !!!! So let's get started.
Part One- "Psychology of Survival"
Any cataclysm does not begin spontaneously. His arrival is accompanied by all sorts of signs, which, in fact, can determine the arrival of this cataclysm. But fundamentally, man is a lazy being, doubting, and most importantly, subject to panic and rumors. Example: the war in Chechnya was long and stubbornly spoken in Grozny by everyone, but prepared for it as a cataclysm - only a few. The rest, including your humble servant, did not reach further chatter.
It was later that those who could survive said that it was not reported, it was not known where to run, there were no means, etc. But later, but at that moment there were many prerequisites for understanding that war was inevitable. This and failure to pay wages for several years, and the deterioration of the situation in the city and the republic, this and a constant hint of war on TV, in short, the "bells" was more than enough, but the people preferred not to see or hear about a possible war.
And even the fact that, right before the beginning of the war, patriotic films and programs began to be played on television, was perceived only as another whim of the government. Even when planes began to fly over the city, people still did not believe that there would be a war, and only the first bombings made people believe in the fact of war.
Conclusion: until they specifically bombed, until bricks and fragments began to fall on their heads, until the first dead and wounded appeared, people did not believe that there would be a war, or rather, they did not want to believe. For, believing, it is necessary to prepare, but there is no money for preparation, everything is spent on food. Isn't the same thing happening now?
Immediately after the bombing began, quiet at first, and then complete panic. Anyone who could, rushed out of the city. Even those who seemed to be prepared, all the same succumbed to her highness to panic. They left the whole blocks. Throwing everything on the way. Just to get away. Those who could not leave, remained in the surrounded city to die. But they also sought refuge in cellars and cellars. Needless to say, panic, having lasted for a relatively short time, brought confusion and chaos into the lives of residents who could have left the city much earlier.
Try to pick up and transport much more. People who until recently lived in the illusions of the world, succumbing to panic, simply fled. Without anything. Instead of finding out where to run in advance, then they simply ran to “nowhere”.
From this general conclusion: do not try to hide the truth from yourself, do not try to live to the last with the realities of the world. No matter how much you prepare for a cataclysm, anyway, panic and confusion will push you to rash decisions and actions. It is these first friends of yours that will prove to be the most destructive for you, but do not try to sit around for a long time either. Long "thinking" - the path to inaction.
At the same time, do not try to cover the entire expected list of disasters in preparation. This will lead to the fact that with sufficient probability you are not prepared for any. Do not spray forces and funds on discussions and preparation for a variety of options, prepare for a universal scenario. And by means, and by possibilities, it is much easier.
Basically, you have to survive in your house, so use the knowledge of your yard to adapt to the conditions that have arisen.
First: do not try to collect a bunch of things. There are things necessary, but there are things that just hinder. So, a knife is a very necessary thing, but not when you have about a dozen knives and everything is needed for something. In traveling conditions, and survival in the city, even in your house during a disaster, is fraught with the fact that you can be on the street, and then you will not need special knives for cutting everything and everything. Therefore, postpone them until calmer times.
Hide them together with extra dishes and things in the barn, and use one or two. It seems that this is not such an important point, but practice has shown that in the event of an attack by marauders, the abundance of cutting and stabbing at hand does not help, and sometimes interferes with defense. In addition, the abundance of knives in the house can lead to the fact that during the struggle the enemy will grab your own knife, which lies on the table, and will apply against you. So better let the knife be one and in your hands.
Often in the event of the threat of an attack on a housing, a man in the street places high hopes on the presence of an ax in the house. It would seem that this item has a lot of merit - it can be heavy and sharp, and you can shake it with a butt, but, tested by time, the ax in the house - weapon a person who knows how to use it in a limited space. For the average man, the ax is usually useless, and sometimes dangerous, because it gives too much confidence, but it does not give skill. Question: how will you use it in case of an attack?
Most of the neighbors I interviewed said that they would wave in front of them in order not to let the enemy close. But please show me this process, at best, to damage the furniture and walls in the house, and at worst, to minor injuries, such as bumps, bruises, cuts. Consequently, a person who has taken an ax in his hands must at least learn to own it. At the same time it is important to learn how to own an ax within the intended place of use. Simply speaking, what prevents to take a small hatchet and walk in advance, waving it around the rooms?
He himself will “tell you” where and how it will be necessary to act, where to swing and strike in full force, and where it is better to poke at the enemy without any swing in the chest or face. It will only remain to remember the order of movements in certain places of the apartment, this will not only give you the opportunity not to get lost, but also help prevent the criminal from imposing his will on you.
In general, any object in your home can serve as a weighty argument in your hands. Especially if your life and your relatives are at stake. So do not hesitate, go through the rooms with various household items. Let your wife laugh at the fact that you walk around the rooms with an extension cord, fork or rolling pin, give her such pleasure. Walking through the house, try to touch various objects, as if you are grabbing a chair, or a hanger for clothes.
After a short excursion you will realize that you don’t know your place of residence, and you simply didn’t guess how to use some things in defense. Example: one of my acquaintances, a man of about fifty, a rather complete and ordinary man suffering from shortness of breath, was able to resist the pressure of two young marauders in their attempt to profit in his own apartment. Moreover, one of the attackers was armed with a gun, however, as it turned out, not charged, and the other held a knife in his hand.
The man successfully used a coat hanger in the corridor, knocked out one of the attackers' eyes and blew the second in the blood. When he drove them out of the apartment to the landing, the neighbors intervened. Robbery not only managed to prevent, but also to stop the criminal follow-up actions of these people.
I do not argue that the presence of a gun in the house is a positive factor for the defender. Especially if it is a multiply-charged Saiga. But even the presence of a gun at home does not completely save, but only increases the chance of the defender's success. The main thing is to walk around the rooms with the gun in advance and find the most successful places for defense. It also does not hurt to notice for itself the sector of shelling of the attackers from the windows and to consider options that prevent reciprocal firing.
Example: your humble servant long before the war, it was necessary for this to happen, with the father went around all the rooms and "shot" myself all sectors of the shelling. During the war, thank God only once, this experience really came in handy. At the same time, the old 12 single-column caliber was in service, but even this “caramultuka” was enough with its head.
When there were three of them from the extreme window towards the attackers, shots began to be heard, and the defensive person did not bring back fire, the marauders, first bypassing the house, climbed over the fence, and after I continued firing from another window overlooking the courtyard, just retired. In the morning I discovered an uncovered empty barn, but it was empty before they arrived. But in the house itself, on the advice of a seasoned man, I would be afraid to fire. Because there is an option to get into their relatives. In this case, reloading a single-barreled shotgun in a short fight is not real.
Now I want to touch on the topic of marauders.
At first, there are few marauders. Before the war and at its very beginning, the authorities still pay attention to them, catch and shoot them, but as the conflict drags on, the number of looters grows. Most marauders are loners who are driven by hunger to looting. They are mostly looking for empty houses, take food and water.
These people, basically, are either not armed, or their weapons are not working properly. They are very afraid of law enforcement agencies and do not go to the places inhabited by people. Usually, food is taken away, and only that which can be carried in the hands. But with the growth of the conflict and the weakening of the attention of the authorities, with a decrease in the amount of food left during the flight, and most importantly, with an increase in the number of marauders themselves and with the appearance of captured weapons, loners, fearful and not arrogant, begin to gather in groups of five to ten and attack homes. Such groups are no longer afraid of the authorities, because the authorities do not, they are not afraid of the average man, because there are many of them, usually come during the day, disguised as soldiers of the army and the police.
These groups are much more dangerous. It is almost useless for a single family to fight such a group. The creation of a self-defense group from the residents of the quarter, in the private sector, or one multi-storey building helps. At the same time, the population already has weapons, and even a large group of marauders in a collision becomes difficult to fight. Do not forget, the marauders are basically the same peaceful people who came to plunder, first from hunger, and later for the sake of profit.
Imagine, the transport is checked by the troops and the police, the military will still respond to long-term shooting within the same area, if only because there is a possibility of a breakthrough to the rear of the enemy, residents do not give up their goods for free. Heavy and ungrateful job marauder. His constant tactics: quick “hitting” and no less fast “rollback”, and with luck or with a bullet in my head, this is already as lucky. Therefore, children or women are usually sent for exploration during the day. And only when they receive complete data on the availability of weapons and the number of people, the gang decides whether they will produce a raid or not.
Residents can also be advised to immediately create a self-defense detachment, arm themselves and think over fortifications blocking the entrance to the courtyard territory or to the territory of the quarter. Usually, both the military and the police are quite favorably disposed towards this method of policing. There are several reasons for this favor, firstly: the duty to protect law and order is partially removed from the military and the police; secondly: they receive a detachment capable of detaining both the perpetrator and the infiltrator, and in certain circumstances also signal a breakthrough on their opponent’s section; thirdly, the barricades of the self-defense detachments are excellent for emergency defense in the event of an enemy breakthrough.
Therefore, in such cases, the military and the police, “through their fingers,” look for the presence of unregistered weapons, and sometimes they themselves bring outdated and broken ones for sale to the detachment. In addition, the self-defense detachment is usually assigned the functions of locating the arrived units for the waiting room, as well as providing food. In addition to the above, the creation of a detachment is used to bind a mutual responsibility to the front and rear.
The construction of barriers that prevent marauders from entering the private sector: at the beginning and end of the quarter barricades are built from scrap materials. This takes into account the factor of using the road for the transportation of parts or ammunition. In the corner houses have places of rest for members of the detachment, as well as a place for cooking and correcting natural needs. Two to four people are on duty at the entrances, the rest are located at home. After a certain time, the guards are replaced. There were cases when there were only three rifles and one revolver in the arsenal of a detachment of ten people, but seeing the sentries with their weapons, even large gangs of marauders did not dare to attack the block.
The device of obstacles for the difficulty of penetration of marauders into the territory of the courtyard of a multi-storey building is almost the same as the above mentioned one. The only difference is in the material. In the barrier of high-rise buildings, more furniture is used than planks, logs, sandbags.
People often ask the question: why a gun, if there is a shaft of ownerless weapons around? I will answer a question with a question: have you often met ownerless weapons in working condition, and even with cartridges and in your own name? After entering the city, the gun was taken away by the Russian units, not much was scolded and released, but the guys who had guns or ammunition for them found themselves in the filtration camp for a long time. Many after that either did not return, or returned, but were disabled.
Another frequently asked question concerns whether I myself participated in marauding raids? I will answer directly - you will want to eat, go. He always took only food, water, medicines. He passed several checks for the presence of stolen goods, but he was never afraid, because he knew that there was nothing besides products.
Everything is good, but apart from the marauders, there is a threat of being hit by bombing or shelling. To reduce the likelihood of death from bombs and shells need to prepare shelter. So, the next topic of our conversation.
Probably, I will not reveal to you a secret if I say that the neighborhood with the warring opponents is detrimental to a peaceful inhabitant. All the “gifts” that fell to the wrong address go to the civilian population. If we add to this the fact that an ordinary person is not familiar with the sound of a mine, does not distinguish by hearing a bullet flying past, does not know where the weapon is coming from and what kind of weapon is fired, then the picture is just deplorable. For every soldier killed, there are five to six civilians killed.
And sometimes the correctly chosen shelter saved the lives of not one or two people. Not many people can boast that they either already have a shelter, or they have funds for an emergency erection of it, therefore I offer for your consideration a device of shelters in outbuildings. The first is, of course, the cellar.
The cellar is located in the house, and this makes it the first family refuge in the event of war. It would seem easier than light, just opened the lid, started a family, brought products, closed the lid and order. But not once observed the picture: people who were in the cellar died of suffocation, an explosion, a house collapse, and carbon monoxide. The causes of death are many. Therefore, let us consider ways of preparing the cellar in the simplest, but rather durable and comfortable shelter. So, first: the walls of the cellar should be made of brick. And the thicker the wall, the greater the chance of salvation. The roof of the cellar should never serve as a floor in the room.
Conclusion: the roof of the cellar should be as strong as possible. As an example, we lay pipes on brick walls, fasten formwork from below, fill it with concrete half a meter thick, after the concrete has hardened, the ground is filled with at least half a meter thick. It follows from this that the cellar should be initially deep. And even such a strengthening of the cellar does not give a full guarantee of salvation. From the cellar there must be an emergency exit to the street.
In the case of my house it was an iron pipe with a diameter of half a meter. I do not know who dug it and why, but this “emergency exit allowed me to live to write this book. The shelves in the cellar should be located in view of the fact that during the bombing they turn into places for people. When building a cellar, it is imperative to consider a small niche for toilet and water. The toilet function in my cellar was performed by a bucket with a lid. After the bombing, it was emptied into the outdoor toilet.
A forty-liter flask was fitted for water storage. Also in the cellar should be for the previously conducted ventilation. In the case of my house, a pipe with a diameter of one hundred and fifty, coming out of the cellar at a distance of half a meter from the walls of the house served as ventilation. The cellar floor, which was originally earthen, was covered with boards for heat. In the corner was a small oven-stove. The chimney was held in advance outside the house. I overlaid a piece of the floor under the stove with a brick to eliminate the possibility of a floor ignition when it was fired. These are the measures taken by me in advance, helped me significantly strengthen and equip the cellar.
In many southern areas of the cellar is not built, but in the courtyard, usually under the barn, you can always find a basement. And so, the next topic: the basement.
The basement is usually lined with brick during construction, as its walls also serve as the foundation of the building under which it is located. The ceiling of the basement is also usually reinforced in advance, as well as in advance during construction provided ventilation. Typically, basements are used as a natural refrigerator, so the depth of the basement is quite large. The entrance to the basement is located near the entrance to the building, down is a brick or wooden staircase.
Since the basement is mostly fortified, we will pay attention to its interior decoration. The basement shelves, unlike the cellar shelves, were initially wider and deeper, since in peacetime the basement is the main storage place for household food stocks. So they do not require alterations. All that remains is to prepare the place for the stove, to warm the basement walls, for example, with plywood, to place a primitive bathroom and place for water storage, to install furniture, to warm the doors with heat insulating, non-combustible material.
Well, when a person has his own house! What should a person living in a high-rise building do? Basements are usually flooded with water, all kinds of living creatures, cockroaches, fleas, mice, rats are found in them. And is there enough space in general, a basement for all residents of the house? There are many questions, but the answer is one: if you have time to prepare, then even in cramped quarters, you can survive. I tell you as a person who saw with his own eyes the inhabitants of multi-storey buildings who survived in the basement, more than once descended into these basements and, despite the fact that they were not prepared, hundreds of people quietly survived in them. Imagine if these people had thrown off in advance and jointly prepared their basement for the next stay. So, the next topic: the basement in a high-rise building.
I’ll make a reservation right away, I didn’t live in a multi-storey building, I don’t have any experience, just from all the basements under multi-storey buildings, I saw only one, more or less well-equipped, but even this rather primitive arrangement, for several months allowed the residents to live with a sufficient , for wartime, comfort. Judge for yourself. Example: a nine-storey building, an eight-access building, of course, eight exits, all exits are open, and there are openings in the basement walls between the entrances. According to residents, this is done so that when the destruction of one of the sections of the people, they can get into the other and escape.
It’s not easy to heat such a basement, so there was no talk of heating, but the residents were cooking on the rims of a truck. These improvised stoves stood in several places in the basement near the windows. That is, fueled "black." These furnaces were used to illuminate the basement. Along the walls were mattresses, folding and mesh beds of residents. Naturally, solitude was out of the question; too many people sought salvation in this basement.
The windows outside were covered with sandbags. When I was asked about lighting and natural ventilation, I was told that I had to sacrifice lighting and ventilation because of constantly flying fragments and bullets. After the death of several people, under the constant fire, the remaining residents sealed the windows with sandbags, and threw trash on top. Only those windows that were on the side opposite to the shelling, let in light and smoke from the fires. Products were also common, residents simply allocated one room for food and charged the old men to protect it. Water poured from the pipes in the improvised dishes.
And replenished whenever possible the melted snow and mined from the broken houses of the private sector located behind the house. In the same place, in rare moments, lulls produced products together. Food was carried out by the whole world. Cooking was laid on several women. Thus, the community was able to survive, despite the fact that the house was under constant shelling, part of the house was destroyed by a fallen air bomb, it did not reach the basement, it exploded on the upper floors. Lucky. In the yard I counted seventeen graves. These were the graves of the inhabitants who died during the first bombings.
Two more enemies of a peaceful city resident during the war. It is hunger and lack of water. The second, perhaps more important, since there is still food in the city, even during a siege. Let her a little, let her get at risk for life, but still, the lack of water is much harder tolerated by man. Next topic: water.
Although the events taken by me for analysis occurred in winter, but the lack of water was felt everywhere. Therefore, dear reader, I ask you to take a few tips on how to detect life-giving moisture, storage, collection and cleaning.
First: during a disaster, remember that the water is not clean does not happen. All those places from which you are accustomed to take water may either be in the sphere of influence of one of the warring parties, which means that access to the source will be extremely difficult, or it may be located in the immediate combat zone, which means that going for water may cost life, or water in the source may not be suitable for use. The first thing you should pay attention to is the separation of dishes for water.
Highlight utensils for drinking water and dishes for water technical. Drinking water is best kept in metal forty-liter flasks. The lid of such a flask is tightly closed, and the garbage does not fall inside, the same factor affects the avoidance of water loss. Already at the first bombings, the water supply ceased to give water, and, as a result, it froze altogether. Therefore, it was necessary to search for sources of water, as well as methods of its transportation.
Any car passing through the territory occupied by the enemy automatically becomes enemy. No matter what signs you put on it, no matter how you try to pass unnoticed, but sooner or later you will be requisitioned for the needs of the front, or you will come under fire, sometimes arranged only in your honor. Therefore, a bicycle and a car are your reliable allies and helpers.
The presence in the house, apartment, cars in general is in itself already luck. This simple vehicle will help you in many of your affairs, such as: the extraction of water and food, transportation of things, transportation of the wounded, transportation of finished furnace material. But from the laudatory ode to the wheelbarrow we move on to the places of water storage. There are several places in any city: fire departments, hospitals, sanitary and epidemiological stations, technical wells, military units, city reservoirs.
In any fire department, the hospital has special water storage, underground tanks. The water in them is usually disinfected. Constantly updated and at the time of occurrence of emergencies is usually intended for distribution to the population, but distribution usually does not occur due to the fact that these places are first captured by the military, and access to water is blocked. The same confusion awaits the seeker of water in military units. There remains, as a rule, a sanitary epidemiological station, a fire reserve of schools, not all schools have it, and natural sources of drinking and technical water.
Sanitary and Epidemiological Station
Usually, people are not serious about this very important and serious institution, but in vain. It was the sanitary epidemiological station of the city that was in the area of my residence that became, if not the only, but a reliable source of drinking water. Although the stock in the sanitary epidemiological station is smaller and the stock of underground tanks of fire fighting units, this organization is more serious about decontamination and subsequent storage than even the Ministry of Health, because the fight against the occurrence and spread of epidemics is a direct responsibility of the sanitary and epidemiological service.
Example: when drinking water brought from fire tanks even after boiling, there was some discomfort in the stomach and intestines, diarrhea, flatulence, constipation, pain, but when you consumed water brought from the SES, even without boiling, nothing like that was felt.
The next source of water during a war is wells, wells, and springs. Water from these natural sources is divided into: useable and technical.
Unfortunately, in the area of my residence there was only a well with technical water. Under normal conditions, this water is of little use as it is mineral, but with a general deficiency, this water was also well used. Do not forget that in the water pipes, after turning off the pumps, there is a decent amount of water. This is especially noticeable in the case of a person living in a valley. This water is also usable, and it is important to be able to reach it.
I managed it so. After the life-giving trickle ceased to flow from the tap, I climbed into the well supplying water from the yard to the house and, having unscrewed the input to the house from the tap, for some time I was drawing water directly from the pipe. Since my house was not located in the very lowland, I had enough water pressure for two weeks. For technical needs, such as washing, washing floors, flushing the toilet, bathing, I collected rainwater and snow. For these purposes, there were barrels around my house under the gutters. Using this water, even if not very clean, I was able to maintain order in the house and save such precious clean water.
No matter how much you have accumulated food supplies before the war, sooner or later, supplies are depleted. Consider ways to replenish supplies. The first way is going to the store. No, do not think that during the war the stores do not work, but this does not mean at all that there are no products in it. No one advises you to break into the shops in the district on the first day of the war. It is just that during the war, air bombs and shells hit the buildings themselves, and a destroyed building is no longer a store, but not just ruins.
So, your humble servant, being a heavy smoker and especially suffering from a lack of tobacco, became the proud owner of two full boxes of “Belomor” just by visiting a broken casket. Since you are not one of those who came up with the happy idea of shopping at such an inappropriate time, then you risk, at best, just face empty shelves and utility rooms. But even if so, do not despair.
Stroll through the store again, and fortune can reward you for attentiveness. For example, I managed to find a box of matches, a box of candles, three packs of salt, several packs, even if a wet, but completely preserved detergent powder, and, as if in mockery, left to me, unarmed, sawn off a double-barreled gun sixteenth caliber. This outing substantially complemented my exhausted reserves.
But you always need to take into account that in such premises all sorts of "surprises" are possible, left to you by past visitors of the store. So, in one store, after a careful examination, I removed three stretch marks and one grenade launcher. In the case of haste and carelessness, I would expect a fate, at best, a cripple. In addition to stores, to replenish the grocery and shopping baskets, various bases are of interest.
But it is necessary to take into account the factor that the idea of looting comes to mind not only to you, and people will rush to take away food and household goods much earlier than you, while seeing the danger of being killed. Basically, the bases and vaults are looted right during the hostilities or immediately after they cease.
Residents of nearby streets, who suffered from shelling and bombing more than you, who have completely exhausted their reserves, will quickly attack you on an “unowned oasis”. Sometimes, by paying a very “expensive price,” everything that is most valuable will be brought out of this “oasis,” but even after such a quick and greedy robbery, much remains either unnoticed or left as second-rate. Example: after the base was repeatedly attacked by marauders, I managed to get a bag of flour and a bag of peas, and when I came back, another box of caramel sweets and two boxes of bottled kerosene. That, too, decently replenished my reserves. A significant addition to the diet is the meat of killed farm animals mined in the minefields.
So, for helping the owner in pulling a wounded cow from a minefield, the animal, frightened by explosions and shooting, broke through the shed door and ran away, but on the way it hit the minefield, after joint carcass I got the leg and the ribs. And after the shells and bombs began to fly to the streets of the “upper suburb” at night it came to me to “ask for political asylum” a flock of goats and sheep. Naturally, their urgent request was satisfied by me. Since there were very few people left on the street, mostly old men and women, all these “gifts of nature” were divided into all.
Lake and sea fishing
Many people represent it on the bank with a fishing rod in their hands, but the wartime fishing is very different from the fishing time of peace. The first difficulty is that reservoirs suitable for fishing are often on the other side of the front from a fisherman. But even if the reservoir is right next to it, then it is quite likely that it will be under fire. If this is not the case, then the fishermen in uniform should be afraid.
Many parts standing on the banks of reservoirs did not disdain to diversify their diet with fish. But there could be no talk of fishing poles. The absence of fishing rods was compensated by the presence of grenades and grenade launchers. The whole process took place as follows: a truck or an armored personnel carrier drove up to the water. Participants went fishing. Grenades were thrown into the water. Young guys raked around a bank of muffled fish, usually two or three sacks, a group of fishermen got into the car and drove away to the location of a part or a roadblock. The whole process took no more than half an hour.
That's all military fishing. “And where is the romance, where is the ear and everything that is attached to it?” The reader will ask, and the romance was given to the local residents. Being buried in high reeds, the local fisherman waits for the departure of the military fishermen and, making sure that his presence has not been detected and that the military have retired far enough, on a hastily collected raft or on a leaky boat, sets off in search of fish from the coast.
He risks getting a bullet or a shard, he risks drowning or catching a cold, but the desire to at least somehow replenish his depleted reserves pushes him to search for fish. After the explosion of three or five grenades stunned fish a lot. Soldiers take only the largest, and all trifles, the middle peasant are usually ignored. It is behind this little thing that a desperate fisherman is swimming. For a bag of fish, a hungry person is willing to take risks.
So I, yielding to the persuasion of the neighbor boy, his description of the ease and effectiveness of the attack, riding my bike in the company of three neighbors, went on such a fishing trip. As we drove around the debris and roadblocks I will not describe, they will be discussed separately. Arriving at the shore of the pond and sowing into the reeds, we waited for the military.
It was not long to wait. About half an hour later, an armored troop carrier rolled up to the shore. After shooting for loyalty on the reeds of a machine gun, five people left it. After the departure of the BTR, we pushed the boat into the water and sailed to collect fish. During such fishing, no one noticed the arrival of the next batch of fishermen. Imagine a picture in the middle of a lake boat. There are four people on the boat. Fog is an obligatory attribute of the reservoir in February in those regions. And on the shore of the wary soldiers who came for the fish.
Hearing the splashing of the oars and not understanding what was happening, these militant fishermen began to concentrate on watering the lake from the machine guns. We froze. The gunfire rushed in some five meters. But after the soldiers began to shoot from the grenade launcher at the sound, as best they could, all four were buried to the opposite shore. Nevertheless, I brought two bags of fish home, but after such a shake-up I did not go fishing anymore.
After the bases are devastated, and the war does not end, we have to go home to find food. Naturally, at first you pay attention to the destroyed houses. Getting into such a house is not difficult, difficult to find, edible, because besides you, about fifty people have already climbed into this house. Therefore, gradually or you stop looking and you are content with what you brought in advance, or you start thinking to replace the military with food.
After that, looting takes a different direction. Someone climbs into the house in search of treasure, and someone, like your humble servant, begins to steal up to the winery. By this time, one of the opposing sides had left the plant, but as usual, she did not inform the enemy about her departure. And so, on no-man's territory is the coveted alcohol. Hundreds of people strive to get to him. Dozens of it works out. So, two flasks of alcohol and several boxes of brandy and wine appeared in my house.
Alcohol in the war - good! Having drunk a glass of alcohol in the evening you can finally fall asleep. And you will not be woken up either by a skirmish under the windows, nor by a hustle in the courtyard of marauders, nor even by hitting a mine or shell in the house. In addition, alcohol is the currency! At the same time - the currency is hard! For alcohol, you can exchange everything from dry rations and ending with captured weapons. I was not interested in weapons, but very much for diesel lamps, food, and cigarettes. At the same time, I was able to replace alcohol and free passage through several roadblocks. So great is the power of alcohol during the war.
In many survival forums, the topic of workwear is touched. Therefore, the next topic of my story is clothing. So, when it comes to all kinds of overalls, protective jackets, pants, boots with high berets, I cite just one argument. If you were a sniper, how would you treat a man in a protective form in the crosshairs of your sight? Would you have time and desire to consider a peaceful person in a stranger?
Most likely, you would have shot at first, and only then they would understand, is it a peaceful person, or not. For the same reason, I always caution about putting any marking on the garment. Anything that catches your eye will most likely cause your death. My clothes were simple: an old winter jacket, old pants, a sweater and a hat. The more natural you look, the more chance you have of not being targeted.
I have repeatedly found corpses, stripped naked. Usually, the marauders and the military simply piled off the thing they liked ...