I am wholly against living in the past, as I have so often stated, since this is counter-productive and gets nowhere. But I am all for learning from the past, and for improving ourselves through the knowledge of the past. In regard to this a knowledge of our Anglo-Saxon and Viking past can come in handy, as I am going to show. Those who take part in Anglo-Saxon and Viking re-enactment will be one step ahead of me on this, and will certainly know more about this than I do.
It is also useful to have a knowledge of the writings of other cultures, and learn from these as needed. One of the most famous books associated with the tactics of war is the Chinese work The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Firstly I am going to go through some of the wise words from this ancient work. Then we shall employ Norse and Anglo-Saxon Lore to add more knowledge.
"An ancient book of military order says, 'Words are not heard, so cymbals and drums are made. Owing to lack of visibility, banners and flags are made.' Cymbals, drums, banners and flags are used to focus and unify people's ears and eyes. Once people are unified, the brave cannot proceed alone, the timid cannot retreat alone - this is the rule for employing a group."
Comment - Drums, banners and flags are used to unify the group and to raise the adrenalin of the individuals. Master Sun goes on to say that at night fires and drums should be used. These things are useful for marches and parades, indeed essential.
"Therefore when it moves swiftly it is like the wind, when it goes slowly it is like a forest; it is rapacious as fire, immovable as mountains.'
Comment - I will deal with this in a later section but for now it is enough to say that an attack must be as swift as the wind, and a defence as immovable as a mountain.
"Unless you know the mountains and the forests, the defiles and impasses, the lay of the marshes and swamps, you cannot move with an armed force."
Comment - You need to know the 'lay of the land', know your surroundings well. Use other local people if you are in an area that you do not know.
"Therefore victory in war is not repetitious, but adapts its form endlessly'.
Comment - You need to adapt your tactics according to the situation in hand, and how your opponent faces up. Attack is made to the weakest point.
"The consummation of forming an army is to arrive at formlessness. When you have no form, undercover espionage cannot find out anything, intelligence cannot form a strategy.'
Comment - Formlessness means not having any form that can be perceived by the enemy; without a strict form they cannot find anything out about you.
These are just a few of the things stated in this lengthy book of war tactics; we can add that a small group should never attack a large group head-on, but use guerilla warfare. It is also obvious that such warfare should be done under cover and not in the open.
I have given these few examples as situations in warfare, but they can easily be adapted to street-activity and also security at activities etc. We shall now look at the problems of being classed as 'racist' in today's world - a term used to incite hatred against anyone who opposes the Old Order. As a religious movement it may appear that this does not apply to us in our religious activity, but history has proven that religious beliefs are subject to the harshest oppression, so we need to be prepared for anything. Indeed, as the cracks within the Old Order develop to such an extent that they become desperate they will start to attack any opposition whatever it is.
The police today have formed into a para-military group which has been trained to quell 'riots' - what we see today of its use is very often practice for more serious uprisings. This is why the authorities welcome clashes between 'left' and 'right' or the 'anti-global' riots - they provide practice. The 2011 riots in England seem to have been used in a similar way, since there was no action at the start to stop what was happening. The above photo shows that the police are trained and provided with safety equipment so harm to them is minimal.
The reason why the police have this gear is because they are subjected to having bricks, bottles and other vicious objects thrown at them. This is also true of those who take part in marches, rallies and other activities where they are attacked by the Rent-a-Mob. But they have no protective gear. Below we see a Swedish Resistance Movement march where they are using a form of shield which also acts as a 'banner' showing who they are -
A look into the future with the ever-escalating violence on our streets would perhaps see others having to introduce shields and other protective gear to ensure the safety of those who march. Here I am going to move to Norse and Anglo-Saxon Lore and bring into play some very ancient tactics within our own Northern Tradition.
THE SHIELDWALL -
The Shieldwall ensures that the whole group is fully protected, and if made up right it can be invulnerable. It is, of course, a defensive strategy used against an advancing force. Note the similarities with the above photo of the Riot Police - they use the same type of formation. The shields need to be 'locked' together to make the whole thing tight. This is what is meant when Master Sun tells us of the 'immovable mountain' - in this defensive tactic the whole unit should be immovable, even when subject to a greater force. In the above, of course, we see one straight line, but when we look at the same thing portrayed in The 300 film we see that this is the front line of a force, and it is held firmer through the ranks behind -
The tactics of the 300 Spartans in setting the place of battle at a point where a large advancing army had to funnel through a narrow gap ensured that this gap was held for far longer than anyone would believe. Indeed, it was only through treachery and attack from the rear that the Spartans were defeated. The tactics of linking closely together, and being responsible for the defence of the man next to you has worked since ancient times.
THE SPEAR OF WODEN - Some people may not be familiar with a strategy actually given to the Germanic Tribes by Woden himself. This is called the Spear of Woden as well as the Boar's Snout, both names being applied to an offensive tactic in which an advancing force moves in the formation of a spear-head, arrow-head, or the snout of a Boar (Sacred Animal).
The use of this formation was to attack the most vulnerable part of a facing force; to attack in a line means to clash head-on and thus the fight would be rather evenly matched. To use a spear-head formation means that the ranks go to a point, and the 'point' attacks the most vulnerable area of an oncoming force. We can see the natural effect of this if we smash two metal plates together, when neither will be affected in any real way; if we ram a point into a piece of metal it will be dented, because it is being hit by a force concentrated at one particular point. The more vulnerable the area is the more damage will be inflicted.
A reading of The Art of War shows that the author was not unaware of the esoteric side of things, and Chinese Philosophy works through the concept of Tau which is usually translated as 'The Way' but this does not cover all aspects of this concept. In Esoteric Wodenism we would use the concept of The Wyrd since this refers to the idea of Becoming - something that is coming into being. If we see this in a similar way to how the Chinese viewed The Tau we can recognise two distinct and opposites forces that come into play -
FIRE - this is the active, fast-moving force - Ken-Rune.
ICE - this is the static immovable force - Is-Rune.
Ice represents the 'immovable mountain' or 'immovable tree' which is firmly rooted to the ground. This is the basic concept of the stance in Martial Arts, which must be firmly rooted into the ground, like a Great Tree. The symbolism of Ice is used because it is an element that 'melts' under heat (energy) and turns into water - which flows. We have here the idea that any force can move straight forward, swiftly like a raging fire, or it can flow and move in any direction where needed as an attack. Ice represents the Shieldwall.
Fire represents the fast-moving force of attack which is aimed at one particular vulnerable point - the weakest point in a force. The force is concentrated into the 'tip' of the Spear-head or Boar's Head, and the weight of the numbers behind, built up like a pyramid, smashes through the weakest point of the enemy force. Again, we can liken this to certain aspects of the Martial Arts; when the weight is placed upon the back foot the forward movement acts as a 'spring' that propels the body forwards and makes the strike that much more powerful. The movement is through the soles of the feet, the legs, the hips, the chest, the shoulders and finally the arms and hands. This force can be mimicked in the Spear of Woden where the force should move forwards from the rear, moving through the whole structure. Fire represents the Spear of Woden.
Woden, of course, does not actually take part in any battles; he is the leader and thus guides and directs - that is his role in war. This should be meditated upon since there is a need in any conflict for someone to be free to recognise the weaknesses of the opposing force and to assess what action needs to be taken. This is how the police work, they have senior officers to assess what is needed to be done and who give the orders for action. If this is not done there would be total disorder and nothing achieved. Although anarchists maintain they have no leaders, there are always leading figures who guide and direct The Mob.
It is well recorded how the Red Rent-a-Mob handled the National Front March in Lewisham which took place on 13th August 1977. Having the time to prepare, they caused the march to be delayed and halted due to the overwhelming numbers that turned out to oppose it. Not only that, they carefully planned the attack on the rear section of the march, knowing full well that the Honour Guard at the front were hardened street-fighters - they would not face them, even with the greater odds.
"A skilful military operation should be like a swift snake that counters with its tail when someone strikes at its head, counters with its head when someone strikes at its tail, and counters with both head and tail when someone strikes at the middle."
Lessons should be learned from past experience, and even today it seems that some marches have a strong force at the front protecting the leaders, whilst the centre and the back are vulnerable to attack. Both the front and the rear should be protected. Since today there seems to be the trend towards smaller groups, groups made up of the most courageous and strong activists, then the problems faced by large marches do not come into the equation.
Woden's Folk is not a street-active movement, it is a religious movement. But the above applies at all levels of this struggle, and religious parades are part of many different cultures. Ours is a Warrior Religion and a Warrior Order so these points are relevant to what we do. Street-action is a necessary part of the recruitment of the Young Folk, since they yearn for action, excitement and the thrill of battle - even in these days. The louder the noise the more the adrenaline flows; the more energy is generated the less courageous bond to the more courageous and a fighting unit is created. Today there is a growing militancy in these Young Folk, and a determination to defy the Old Order, and if necessary sacrifice themselves for the Sacred Blood Struggle. When such a movement grows strong enough it will be unstoppable.