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Preparedness Notes for Sunday — March 17, 2019

Today is the 100th birthday of famed mercenary Thomas Michael “Mad Mike” Hoare [1] (born 17 March 1919). The Infogalactic wiki has some details on his colorful life:

“Hoare was born in India [2].[1] [3] He was educated in England [4]. He served in North Africa [5] and Italy as an officer in the London Irish Rifles [6][2] [7] during World War II [8], and achieved the rank of Captain. After the war, he completed his training as a chartered accountant [9], and qualified in 1948.[3] [10] He emigrated to Durban [11], Natal Province [12], Union of South Africa [13], where he ran safaris [14] and became a soldier-for-hire in various African countries.

During the Congo Crisis [15] Mike Hoare organized and led two separate mercenary groups:

1960–1961. Major Mike Hoare’s first mercenary action was in Katanga [16], a province [17] trying to break away from the newly independent Congo [18]. The unit was called “4 Commando.” During this time he married Phyllis Simms, an airline stewardess.

1964. Congolese Prime Minister Moïse Tshombe [19] hired “Major” Mike Hoare to lead a military unit called 5 Commando ANC [20] (later led by John Peters [21]) (not to be confused with No.5 Commando [22], the British Second World War commando force) made up of about 300 men most of whom were from South Africa. His second in command was a fellow ex-British Army officer, Commandant Alistair Wicks. The unit’s mission was to fight a revolt known as the Simba Rebellion [23]. Later Hoare and his mercenaries worked in concert with Belgian paratroopers [24], Cuban exile [25] pilots, and CIA-hired mercenaries who attempted to save 1,600 civilians (mostly Europeans and missionaries [26]) in Stanleyville [27] from the Simba rebels in Operation Dragon Rouge [28]. This operation saved many lives.[4] [29] Hoare was later promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in the ANC and 5 Commando expanded into a two-battalion force. Hoare commanded 5 Commando from July 1964 to November 1965.[5]” [30]

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest [31]. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator [32] from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course [33] (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses [34], excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper [35]. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees [36] in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product [37] from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses [38].

Second Prize:

  1. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 [39] Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit [40] from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord [41] (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  5. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation [42] on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of [43] Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners [44], donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections [45], a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, so get busy writing and e-mail [46] us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

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#1 Comment By Ohio Guy On March 17, 2019 @ 10:21 am

Thomas Michael Hoare, I salute you!

#2 Comment By Once a Marine… On March 19, 2019 @ 2:26 am

Also the 100th birthday of the silken-voiced Nat King Cole.

Carry on