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Prepping In Breadth But Not Depth

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A few days ago I started reading a new book, it’s called “War on the eastern front by James Lucas.” War on the eastern front is a collection of personal experiences based on diaries from German soldiers.

The majority of books I read are non-fiction. This is because I like to know what real-life experiences people faced during times of hardship. For example what were some of the issues that were faced during the Black Death?Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

Why did I pick a book on the eastern front? We know the German army failed to defeat the Russian army due to two things – the harsh Russian winter, and resupply issues. Those are the two main issues taught in just about every world history class.

On page 4 of “War on the eastern front”, it is noted that author A.J.P Taylor said “while his opponents were rearming for a great war in depth, Hitler rearmed Germany in breath. Everything for the front lines, but nothing for a second campaign.”

Hitler was so sure the German army could defeat Russia in a single season, there were no plans for a long drawn out battle during the Russian winter.  Nor were plans made for the following year, much less a war that lasted another 4 years.

How does this relate to survivalism

If you have adopted survivalism as a way of life, a lot of what you see, read, hear and do is somehow related to survivalism.


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The Goebbels Experiment

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The Goebbels Experiment is a reading of the diaries kept by Joseph Goebbels from 1924 to 1945.

Release date: 2005
Run Time: 108 minutes
Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
On Netflix: Yes
Director: Lutz Hachmeister

Its one thing to read history that has been written by the victors, its another thing to read it from the people that were there.

The Goebbels Experiment is an amazing film that provides insight to the workings of German life and the Nazi party.

I had hoped Joseph Goebbels would explain why the Jews were exterminated during world War II. There were a couple of comments that stated “the jews do not respond to kindness”, and the “jews are parasites.” Besides that there was no in-depth explanation as to why the jews were hated by the German people.

There was no explanation as to why Germany invaded France.

There was no explanation as to why Germany attacked England.

There was no explanation as to why Germany attacked Russia.

In the mid-1930s Joseph Goebbels says that peace must be maintained. If war broke out, that it would affect the entire world.

By the early 1940s Joseph Goebbels was promoting total war on Russia.

What happened between the mid-1030s to the early 1940s that caused a change of heart?

How could a man that says he loves his children call for a total war against his enemies? For someone that was supposed to love his children, why did Goebbels have his children murdered?

It ok to declare total war on Russia and call for its total destruction, but Goebbels was not ready to accept the fate Hitler had condemned upon others?

A couple of issues came out during the movie, Joseph Goebbels battled depression and questioned his self-worth, which most of us also deal with.

Goebbels has some harsh words for jews, but then again he seemed to have harsh words for a lot of people. He mentions deporting jews from Berlin, but there is no mention of the concentration camps or exterminating the jews.

At around 53:00 into the movie, there is mention of a jewish book called “murder in devose” (not sure of the spelling). Joseph Goebbels says the following about the book – “a nasty jewish effort that could turn you into an anti-semite if you were not not already one. This jewish plague needs to be eradicated.”

As of yet I have not been able to find the book Goebbels was referring to. What “exactly” about the book was so offensive?

If one can get past the hatred for nazis that has been instilled upon us, The Goebbels Experiment is insightful, to say the least.

To celebrate life

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This past weekend my wife and I went to a memorial service for her cousin – he passed away at the young age of 48 from a heart attack. While we were at the memorial services my wife and I got to visit with the cousins in-laws. While we were sitting there talking, I noticed a USMC tattoo on the father-in-laws left arm, just a couple of inches below the elbow. He told me that he had been in World War II and had been part of the Okinawa invasion force.

The father-in-law did not go into a lot of detail about what he saw on Okinawa, it was clear the pain and memories hurt to much to re-live them.

One memory that the veteran shared with me, was after the fighting in Okinawa was over, he was told that about 110,000 Japanese soldiers had been killed. Ok, 100,000 so what, it was just a number.

Several years later, the father-in-law was sitting in a coffee shop in Atlanta Georgia when a marathon was going on. The marathon just happened to have 110,000 people in it.

As he is sitting in the coffee shop years after the war, and he is watching 100,000 marathon runners go be, it hit him as to how many Japanese has died on Okinawa. Talking about watching the marathon almost brought the veteran to tears.

Listening to this man talk – I realized that the generation that fought in World War II is probably the greatest generation this nation has ever seen. We had the founding fathers, and the generation that founded this nation, we had the civil war, and the generation that fought against each other, we had the generation of World War I, the generation of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Shield / Desert Storm, and the generation of today.

The generation that fought against the Japanese, Germans and Italians – in my viewpoint – is the greatest generation of all. Not only did they fight the greatest war the world has ever seen, but they rose up from the ashes and rebuilt. Without them, this world would not be what it is today.

A few hours after the memorial service, all of the family members out out to a nice steak house in Houston, Texas. We had a great dinner and celebrated life.

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