Top 14 Survival PDF Downloads You Should Have (Free!)

by M.D. Creekmore on January 20, 2011 · 52 comments

Here are fourteen Survival PDF Downloads that you might find useful – If you know of others please share with us in the comments below…

  1. It’s the End of the World As We Know It – and I Feel Fine – My free e-book covering, food storage, water, weapons etc. I put this together a few years ago and it received some great reviews, but I will admit it is in need of editing and reformatting. The book was a quick first draft without a lot of thought given to  spelling or grammar.
  2. FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual – How to find water, food, shelter, build a fire, first aid, navigation and other survival skills necessary to survive on your own in the wild. A must for any survival library.
  3. FM 4-25-11 First Aid - While I suggest everyone take a dedicated first-aid class under qualified instructors, this manual by the U.S. Army is a good start for anyone wanting to learn life saving first aid skills.
  4. Army Ranger Handbook (2006) – I picked this manual up at a gun show a few years ago it’s loaded with info on demolitions, booby traps, communications, patrolling, movement, battle drills, combat intelligence and other info.
  5. Principles of Home Canning – Excellent (and free) guide to canning your own produce. Did I mention that it is free? I like that word – Free…
  6. Where There is No Dentist - By giving a well-balanced mixture of illustrations and simple, succinct text in layman’s terms, the book provides valuable, hands-on advice for the most important oral health issues: oral health promotion in the community and basic oral care in low-resource settings. –Habib Benzian World Dental Federation (FDI)
  7. Where There is No Doctor - Covers all aspects of people’s health ranging from diarrhea to malaria and bone fractures and ringworm. Special emphasis is placed on hygiene, a healthy diet and vaccinations, and the book explains to readers what they can do themselves and how to prevent, recognize and treat many common sicknesses. It also shows them how to recognize problems they are unable to cope with and need to refer to a health worker. (description from wikipedia)
  8. NATO Emergency War Surgery – I hope non of us ever have to attempt any of the techniques detailed in this book – don’t get me wrong it is a good book, but performing many of the medical procedures presented without proper training would likely have disasters consequences, but so could doing nothing.
  9. A Guide to Raised Bed Gardening – The title says it all. Great book, if you must garden in a small area or have poor soil.
  10. FM 3-06 Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain - Combat techniques for an urban environment, including target engagement, situational awareness, crossing open areas, movement past windows, movement within a building, fighting positions etc. I hope you never need any of this but here it is just in case…
  11. Get Tough - How to win in hand-to-hand fighting. As taught to the British commandos and the U.S. armed forces W. E. Fairbairn.
  12. FEMA Are You Ready? - An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22) FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. Provides information on specific hazards including what to do before, during, and after each hazard type.
  13. Vegetable Gardening in Containers - Practical tips and techniques for container gardening including variety selection, planting information, and common problems.
  14. Backyard Composting - How to convert raw organic matter into finished compost.


James January 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Just a quick note. Thanks for posting the links. #10 is not a link to the FM.

BadVooDooDaddy January 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Excellent list I have most of them on the list. The Army Manuals I have in hard copy. One great thing about serving in special operations is that you have open access to all the field manuals that you can carry. I agree with every one on the list. Great post.

Seb January 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

free is good!

Montic January 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

As always thank you for the great resources!

Peregrin Took January 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

This is great! My internet cut out for a couple hours this morning, so I thought to myself, “I really need to download some resource books.” Lo and behold, I come here, and there’s a great list of free downloads. Perfect timing… Thanks, MD!

Jason January 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I’d be happy to help with #1, until you find someone better. :)

M.D. Creekmore January 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm


Feel free to get started.

Jason January 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Do you have it in MS Word that you could send me?


M.D. Creekmore January 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm


Not I lost the original file all I have is the PDF. Sorry.

OhioPrepper January 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I’ll help here also. Editing, proofreading, whatever. If you’re interested in the help MD can give you my email address.

Doc R January 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I’ll help with #1 (or any others in the future as well). Maybe we can divide and conquer the chapters? MD has my e-mail address and can pass it to you both. Jason, ready to be Editor in Chief?


This is an excellent way to “donate to” and repay MD a little I think.

Simba January 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm


Not sure if I got this link from your site a while back or not. But, if not, this is a very useful disk. 12 bucks. The whole library of manuals published by the military.

gary in bama January 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

md wasnt you working on a book with palidin press . is it still pending or have you desided against it?

M.D. Creekmore January 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm


It is finished and scheduled to be released on March 1 – stay tuned.

WildernessReturn January 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thank you for posting these links some are very timely for me right now!

Jason January 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Crimeny sakes MD,

You are becoming THE #1 RESOURCE for survivalism information – and you provide it all free? You’ll never make it in business – ha, ha.

You also have developed a great community of like minded people. It’s an excellent model, works well and the results show up in your subscriber list growing every week.

Thanks for this comprehensive list and all of your hard work.

M.D. Creekmore January 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm


Glad to be of service.

Lint Picker (Northern California) January 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

MD, this is a mighty useful list of FREE downloads. Thank you for providing the links for us. You rock!!

M.D. Creekmore January 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Lint Picker,

Thank you – hope someone finds them useful.

Rey January 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

M.D. I see that you have the book “Gardening in a Failed Economy” as a sponsor. Have you read the book? Is it any good? I don’t mind spending the 15FRNs but rather not buy into some hype publisher that is peddling his latter wares and previously unknown knowledge from the Maya or some other krampf.

M.D. Creekmore January 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm


No I have not read the book “Gardening in a Failed Economy” so I can’t vouch for the content. Sorry.

Garry Seman February 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hi Rey
I wrote Gardening in a Failed Economy after spending three summers working on gardens that can be made just about any were, using junk that you can scrounge by the side of the road, or at the local recycling place. the idea is that as the long term economy gets worse people, especially old people are going to have a hard time affording food (or any thing else for that matter). The book isn’t some cut and paste Internet BS, it is 3 years of my life, I proud of it, and I’m willing to put my money were my mouth is.
Rey, send me an e-mail at and I will send you a download for free, if you read it and think I’m just riping people off, delete the book, and tell every one you meet not to buy it. If you think my efforts are sincere, paypal me the $15.
Garry Seman

Dean in Michigan January 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Thanks for the brain material M.D. I used to have hard copies of the Army Survival Manual and the Ranger Handbook, but lost them to a basement flood years ago.

Since my work is seasonal, and I won’t have a full time schedule until mid-march, I look forward to all the new reading material.

Thx again.

Judith January 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

M.D. #10 has a ton of useful material on it for someone who has not served in the armed forces. Enough to keep us busy for quite a while.

charlie January 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

M.D. #8, NATO Surgery…. appears to only be the table of contents and not the entire document. 30 pages of table of contents unless my download is bad. Thanks, there’s a lot of good info in those 14 items.

Russ January 22, 2011 at 4:48 am

I thought the same thing, at first. The thirty pages is the table of contents. Look on the left side of your screen. You click on each chapter, and only those pages are shown. I hope this makes sense.

Teenageprepper January 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Personally I believe that printers were went from hell to make us miserable so whenever I see something worth printing I just write it down into a journal I keep for that purpose. Needless to say you’ve managed to keep me busy for the next couple of days. Thank you MD

The brainwashing wore off... January 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

M.D.- you rock!

Just read ITEOTWAWKI- full of great information, concise and easy to follow. Made me feel better about some of my preps, makes me realize I am soooo far behind on others. But at least I am trying and making progress.

M.D. Creekmore January 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Thank you and glad you liked it.

nancy (Northwest) January 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I am looking forward to reading the raised bed and container gardening books. Thanks, MD

Sheri (Indiana) January 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

If you don’t have to have it right away, I could proof and retype #1 and send it to you in Word so you’ll have it to modify.

M.D. Creekmore January 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm


If you have time and want to do it please take your time there is no rush. Thank you.

Sheri (Indiana) January 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I can do that.

OhioPrepper January 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm

It’s already started here. Should have a first cut after the weekend. Basically, I have no life :-)

Sheri (Indiana) January 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Sorry Ohio. I’m on my IPhone and didn’t see your response before I replied. Have at it. If you get tired part way through, let me know and I can give you my email and take over for the last half :) I’m one of those kids with teachers for parents. I had no choice but to be an “editor” :) :)

OhioPrepper January 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm

While not direct links to files here are two links to pages with links to files:
The Hesperian organization which produces Where there is no Doctor & Dentist also has some other useful free pdf publications @
A list of links to many of the military field manuals is located @
I have some others, but I’ll have to dig through a lot of emails. I’ll post them as I find them.

SrvivlSally January 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Good list and perfect because there is everything from doctoring yourself to fighting for yourself and even growing food for yourself. When it comes to covering every aspect, you have done it right, M.D.!

The Last Frontier January 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Great list of books. I have a few, but will download the rest. Thanks for the links. And thanks for the great site!

OhioPrepper January 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

No problem. In my case the teacher (Math & English, including grammar) was my grandfather. In my household “ain’t” was a four letter word, and improper verb tense was a minor crime. I have most of it ready to go except for some paragraph cleanup. Cut & paste from the original pdf, a little editing, a little Perl script for the tables, & viola. When complete I plan to send it to MD to do with what he wants. Perhaps a few of us can help turn it into a new improved & expanded edition.
Do you have Microsoft word available & if so, which version?

M.D. Creekmore January 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm


I have Microsoft word 2010 – thank you for your support. I’ve been meaning to update and edit the book myself but have not had the time.

Alex January 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Fantastic free resources. Thanks for sharing these links.

OhioPrepper January 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

There were also at least 3 other folks who volunteered to help. After Word 2003 Microsoft switched to a new format (docx). If you have 2003 or earlier let us know and the document may be exported for the earlier versions of Word. I BTW am running 2007.

wolvesrunfree January 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm



titsonritz January 23, 2011 at 12:06 am

Good stuff thanks.

Here is a source of info I have used:

Nuttbush54 February 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

Can’t seem to get #1. It says the link was not found.

cshellz February 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

FYI, The was surgery download only seems to have the preface and contents page.

Garry Seman February 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

“No I have not read the book “Gardening in a Failed Economy” so I can’t vouch for the content. Sorry.”
I buy an ad for six months, I send you a FREE copy, an you don’t bother to read my book?
Garry Seman

M.D. Creekmore February 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm


I don’t remember you sending a copy of your ebook – no if I’ve not read it or used it I will not vouch for it. Sorry.

Garry Seman February 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I sent it on 2011-01-18, I did not mean to infer that you should vouch for my book if you didn’t read it. I was (you said your sorry so not any more) angry that you didn’t read it after I sent you one for free.
Sorry to be a jerk about it.
I will send you a link to it again.

Jan March 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Did anyone have a problem downloading no. 1? I tried and get a website every time. Am I missing something? Thought is was a .pdf file.

Thanks for the info and the help with my problem.

Conor Hennessey April 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Could you re-link #1?


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