This book is thicker than the bible. It took me a lot of long hours at night to get through it. Basically, it's the diary of an English infantry platoon commander in a Scottish Regiment.
The period this covers is not one you hear a lot about in America, particularly as regards the British. There's a tendency these days to think that after D-Day, we pretty much ran the show on the Western front, but in actuality the British were as involved as we were.
What I found most interesting was his description of Northern Germany as the German army was forced back and the British army moved in.
The Germans put up a very good fight. But they had the Russians coming in from the Eastern Front in vast numbers, and that's where most of their assets were deployed.
As the German army retreated, the German civilians were left unprotected. It wasn't the British they needed protection from. Germany had imported thousands of civilians from defeated countries to work in the industrial plants. Thousands more were employed on farms. Then there were tens of thousands of prisoners from the Eastern Front in camps. Suddenly, as the Germans withdrew, these vast numbers of people found themselves loose and on their own.
As the German army retreated, they abandoned vast quantities of weapons, from tanks to small arms. So the people living on isolated farms, rural farms , were able to obtain small arms to protect themselves from the legions of the walking dead roaming the countryside. Some of these former prisoners were interested only in getting home, but others were happy with the anarchy and became extremely dangerous to everybody concerned.
When the British moved in, they gave civilians a short time to turn in all weapons, after which anyone found with a weapon would be shot and their homes burned down. Most German civilians duly turned in firearms. But when the British moved forward, that left only specialist troops like truck drivers in the area, and few of them. Over and over again, Peter White mentions that the "DP's", or displaced persons, would attack isolated homesteads and farms, murder the occupants without discrimination regarding sex or age, and loot the place. Then they'd disappear to do it again.
In some urban places, the British fired on mobs of DP's who were basically sacking the town and killing everyone they could find.
I can't think of any circumstance where I would tamely hand over my weapons. I'm not pretending I could hold off a large group of armed attackers up here, but I'd like to be able to kill some of them instead of just being slaughtered like a sheep.
Virtually everyone here is armed. Even if it's just a pump shotgun that grandma and grandpa keep behind the kitchen door.
I should caveat that by saying I'm not including our snowbird population. I don't really know that segment of the county well enough to say.
I know most of the left wing letters to the editor in the paper tend to be from the half way back residents. They don't lean toward self sufficiency. They seem to be more in the "call 911" neck of the woods. I've heard calls on the scanner you would not believe. Like "the subject says there is a bat in her kitchen and she would like an officer to come remove it." That from an address on the lake...
But for the average Joe and Jill here, protecting yourself and your family is not a responsibility you can delegate. As I've said before, this is not entirely a matter of principle. We have a small Sheriff's Department, and a big county. If you live in the less populated areas, you can't hope for help in a timely manner. As a previous county Sheriff told me when we were having some issues out this way, "you folks out there are on your own." He wasn't being snide or high and mighty. He just meant they rarely patrol out there and it's a long drive from town.
This is my daughter, when she was a little girl. I used to go out to the range and shoot, then I'd come home and clean weapons. My daughter would get her little toy wooden flint lock pistol and sit on the floor next to me, and clean it too. I taught her and her mother how to shoot. As things have deteriorated in the neighborhood she lives in, we've moved her from a can of pepper spray to a .357 snubby. Things are happening there that make it mandatory. I sincerely hope she can get a transfer to a different city. The one she lives in now has declared itself a "sanctuary city" and lots of undesirable people are rushing there, making an already tense situation worse.
The Mayor of New Orleans can pull down our statues. The schools can teach a perverted curriculum that inculcates "progressive values" in the kids. But as Hank Williams Jr. says in his "Country Boy" , the liberals can't stomp us out. The liberals run the cities but the rural areas still maintain the old values and beliefs. People like the Mayor of New Orleans can enforce their will in the cities, but not in the rural areas of America.
I think of this song as our answer to Biggy Smalls and his "Gimme the loot!"
More storms moving through tonight and tomorrow. Not supposed to be bad, but we can still use the rain.
Big fires still burning down in Florida, and in South Georgia. I sure hope they don't start up here. We had a terrible time last summer with fire. North Georgia, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina had it really bad. Vast swaths of forest burned, a lot of homes lost, and some people , especially in East Tennessee, were burned up with their homes when they didn't get the word to evacuate.
The drought just hangs on. My small stream (not the big one) is still barely sending any water down the mountain side.
Today's large fires map shows just one on the far southern border of our state, but Florida has big problems.
All in all, things are going ok here. My wife is leaving to go back to my daughter's place. Seems like she just got home from up there. But E is not feeling real well, and she needs her mom. I haven't made any secret of the fact that my daughter has Ehler's Danlos. I don't emphasize it, because I try to be upbeat, and because I get one particular person who sends me comments rejoicing that my daughter is ill. I don't publish those, but I also don't enjoy them so I don't bring it up much. I do want people to understand that my daughter is not weak or "needy." EDS makes it rough on a person.
Why you can't use a gun in a city without negative ramifications for yourself.
I will be going back to Chattanooga to the airport. I swore I wouldn't go back to that town after the run in with the "bruddas fum de hood" but that's the way it goes. I'm better prepared now to deal with trash in a non-lethal manner. At the time, I had my pistol and I sure wanted to use it. The world would have been a better place without those four individuals. But I had no desire to go to jail for the rest of my life.
This is the sign on a Golden Corral Restaurant, on Gun Barrel Road.
Cartoons, past and present:
Pondering the question of frangible ammo. Not the best for me, but might be a good item for people in different environments.
There are times when I do carry a pistol as my only weapon. I have been keeping a rifle in my vehicle , but sometimes you have to leave the vehicle and you can't just sling it over your shoulder and walk down the street.
and there's nothing at all wrong with a good shotgun. But it will sure tear up a sheet rock and pine stud wall, even with no.8 shot.
Up on the mountain, I very much prefer a full powered rifle to anything else.
But there are people who live in apartments, or in suburban homes, and a pistol is probably what they have. The problem is, if you have light construction in your residence, and close neighbors, you can get over penetration.
Frangible bullets are a possible solution. I don't know about all states, but in Georgia you can buy defense loads with frangible bullets at just about any gun store.
I am not the duty expert on frangible bullets. This is what I know about them.
A quote from "Shooting Illustrated."
Frangible ammunition is no different than normal target ammo except the bullet. Instead of a lead core with a copper jacket, frangible bullets are made from compressed copper powder. Whenever the bullet strikes something harder than itself at full speed, it crumbles to pieces.Feb 24, 2014
Why would you want to use frangible bullets when there are all these super high tech bullets out there? Well, if you live in an apartment or in a subdivision where houses are close together, you need to worry about over penetration. That is, you take a shot at an intruder who has just broken into your apartment, and the bullet goes through the sheet rock wall and kills somebody in the next apartment.
Also, nobody can run a ballistics test on a bullet that disintegrates into a million pieces, I can think of a number of circumstances where this might be a useful attribute for a defensive round.
Then there's the idea that you can't get a face full of fragments if you have to fire at a target close up, as I understand some folks do when they are shooting strings in defensive courses or in competitions.
I had a question on this from a friend, and I thought it might be of interest to others. I also think there may be people out there with more knowledge on the subject than I have. I don't use frangible ammo in my carry gun, but I got some for my daughter, as she lives in an apartment complex.
It does work, though. Anybody with more expertise please feel free to chime in.