Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers

The Free Citizen's Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat

by F.J. Bohan


126 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"
photos, illust.

  • Description
  • Author Bio
  • Chapter List
In this indispensable guide to readying your home retreat for any scenario, you will learn how to take proven designs for fortified structures and adapt them to your personal defense plan. A dedicated prepper and the author of Living on the Edge: A Family's Journey to Self-Sufficiency , F.J. Bohan takes you through the wide array of possible fortifications—including barbed-wire fences and entanglements, concrete posts and barriers, and simple but effective sandbags— that will enable you to determine the best course of action for your needs.

Bohan details everything from the tried-and-true methods of cover used since the trenches of World War I to more modern methods such as the stout Jersey barrier. You'll see how to build bunkers and shelters using what's available to you, from logs to buried shipping containers or concrete sewer pipes.

Whether you're planning to protect your family's home from armed insurgents during a time of unrest or designing a last-stand bunker complete with a system of trenches, tunnels, and manned fighting positions, Bohan's assessment of what's possible, practical, and affordable will put you on the right path to a safe and free future.
The only thing F.J. Bohan enjoys more than living in the mountains is a good conversation over a great cup of coffee. He is a musician, gun enthusiast, amateur prospector, and dog and cat lover. When not helping his wife with their small orchard, vineyard, and berry farm, he can be found fishing or canoeing on their private mountain stream. He is currently hoping to see more bears and learn to play the banjo while promoting his books. With more than 25 years of practical experience in surviving under adverse conditions, he is happy to share what he has learned. He can be reached with questions, comments, or stories at his website .
1) Barbed-Wire Fences
2) Barbed-Wire Entanglements
3) Barbed-Wire Alternatives
- Chain-Link and Wire-Mesh Fences
- Wire-Mesh Fence Precautions
- The Cable-Reinforced Chain-Link Fence
- Triple-Strand Concertina Fence
4) Bollards
- Jersey Barrier
- Bollard Construction
- Bollards for Speed Control
- The Concrete Garden Wall
5) Gabions
6) Revetments
7) Fascine
8) Deliberate Defensive Fighting Positions
- Half-Pipe Bunker/Shelter
- The Metal Drum
- Sandbags
- The Wood-Framed Fighting Position
9) Trenches and Tunnels
10) Bunkers
- Threat Assessment
- Safety Guidelines
- Building with Logs
- The Remote Bunker
- The Storm Shelter Bunker
- The Practical Use of Surrounding resources
- The Home- Built Buried Bunker
- The Shipping Container Bunker
- The Concrete Bunker
- The Dummy Bunker
- Some Proven Variations