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Articles telling histories and tales about real survival experiences.

Survival History: The Construction Of The Burmese Railway (I) - The history of the construction of the Burmese railway tells us that true Survivors know that opportunities never disappear, but just go elsewhere, with someone else.

The Citroên - Haardt Trans-Asiatic Expedition - It is quite an experience to travel by truck, and drivers have a whole and fascinating subculture of their own; sometimes, overlanding or navigating with trucks over terrain becomes quite difficult and dangerous.

Always Carry A Backup Compass, It Is A Matter Of Survival - A compass is not very costly, and carrying one as a backup tool may prove essential for survival if our primary navigation systems suffers a malfunction when we need it most.

Tactical Rescue - What makes a tactical rescue different from other sorts of emergency operations?

Betting on cannibalism is a valid survival strategy? - Cannibalism has been used in numerous occasions by people threatened by starvation. In many of those cases it worked well, in the sense of providing survivors with the means necessary to sustain life. However, every cannibal, whether he or she became one willingly or not, later finds a negative stance - to say the least - from other members of society, and in some cases, accusations of murder, that is, anthropophagy.

The Survival Of Tyre - Tyre is an ancient city in southern Lebanon that can teach us a lot about the survival of its inhabitants as well as the town itself.

Writing Our Own Tales To Insure Our Future - There are some individuals who have a special talent for manipulating words and putting them into paper.

The Story Of Rype - Life has some surprises in store for the most unlikely individuals, and as Borges would have it in his Lottery of Babylon, you get the prizes that come to you, and you can't refuse them, good or bad as they might be; one day you may be living a splendid childhood, and the next one, you may watch everyone around you pass away; you may survive as a savage, and then become a millionaire.

Navigating With Your Brains - The Phoenicians managed to navigate around the whole African continent, which they knew only as 'Libya' and initially believed it to be a relatively small island; it is certain that they did that because the navigators described how the position of the sun changed as they went on their trip.

Situations in Which Laws Become Worthless - Law and order should be maintained even during emergencies of any kind, but those in charge of doing so should also understand reasonably that human nature has indeed some limits, especially when and where there is an exacerbated survival instinct.

How Religious People Learned To Gamble And Avoid Taxation - One of the ways in which commoners sought to acquire fortune bypassing the economic system of late medieval times, taxation and other kinds of fines, bribes and so on was by gambling.

The True Surival Story of A.H. Braun (I) - This is the story based on documents of First Lieut. A.H. Braun during WWII.

Survival tales: the case of the Uruguayan crash in the Andes (I) - A description of the accident of the FAU F-27 in the San Juan Andes, in 1973.

Survival tales: misterious deaths on Mount Aconcagua (I) - An accident with murder undertones, and a failed expedition.

Survival tales: trapped at 4.000 metres (I) - The real-life tale of a group of travellers trapped in the high Andes.

Survival tales: lost at 6.000 metres (I) - The survival story of Rev. Piers Grant Ferris on Mount Aconcagua.

Survival tales: murder at Wulaia (I) - The tale of the sole survivor of the H.M.S. Allen Gardiner.

Survival tales: blizzard in the Patagonian Andes (I) - A real-life tale of survivors in Patagonia.

Survival tales: accident in Tierra del Fuego (I) - A description of a car accident at the end of the world.

Survival tales: misterious lights in the Andes (I) - The tale of some disappeared in a Patagonian mountain.

Survival tales: the case of the Botha brothers (I) - The survival tale of two children walking home.

The History Of An Aristocrat's Game: Baccarat - Even the Church went into the gambling business for a while, as people preferred to throw dice and use cards instead of going to mass, and little by little certain games evolved and began to take shape, and one of those was an Italian game that we today know as Baccarat.

Jungle Factories: The Local Production Of Expedient Weapons - There are many interesting cases of more or less clandestine weapons factories and those that managed to produce useful and novel ideas in weaponry despite very difficult circumstances and scarce resources.

Some Stories Of Bootleggers, Smugglers And Entrepreneurs Of The Black Market - Why study and learn what an assortment of crooks id in the past? Certainly, not to applaud their crimes but knowing a little bit more may help us learn a little bit more about urban survival techniques, what works, what doesn't work and why.

The Black Market Cannot Be Dominated - People buy and sell anything on the black market either for profit or survival; these are two motives so powerful that to authority could reasonably expect to eliminate all actors in such a scenario.

The Games That Brought Life Among Death - The Black Death was an event of unimaginable suffering for almost all mankind that took place between 1333 and 1352, covering almost the whole northern hemisphere except the American continent. This epidemic of bubonic plague was second to none and nothing in wholesale destruction and killing; it was more virulent than anything seen before or after, and it wiped more people than any world war, ever.

Urban Survival: Is Your Government On Your Side? - The belief in the democratic system along with patriotism give strength to this supposition; however, the way un which the international financial crisis is being managed seems to prove that sometimes there are exceptions.

Outdoor Activities / Survival / Shelters and Bivouacs - How to build simple ones or full-sized, lodges, cabins and stone houses, useful for lengthy stays in isolated areas.

Survival / Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Survival - Practical articles on the characteristics of nuclear, biological and chemical mass-destruction weapons, how they work and how to avoid their deadly effects. Their relationship to terrorism and pollution.

Survival / Combat Survival - How to stay alive and survive in a war or armed conflict. Being a civilian does not preclude you from knowing how battles are fought and won, for in this way you may save your own life.

Survival / Combat Survival / Guns and Weapons - Advice and recommendations on choosing and handling weapons.

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