Max Brooks uses real geographical locations to show fictionally that Europe is better prepared than North America for an Apocalypse. The first way in which Max Brooks uses real geographical locations to show that North America is not very well prepared for an Apocalypse, is in Yonkers; Denver, Colorado. Todd Wainio was a U.S. Army infantryman and he was in Yonkers during “the Great Panic” preparing to make a stand against the “zacks” (zombies). What they had to use against the zombies were, “…tanks, Bradleys, Humvees armed with everything from fifty cals to these new Vasilek heavy mortars. […] We had Avenger Humvee mounted Stinger surface-to-air missile sets, we had this AVLB portable bridge layer system, […] by the freeway.
We had a bunch of XM5 electronic warfare vehicles all crammed with radar and jamming gear…” (page 94). Even though they had all of these weapons none of it was going to last, it all required man power and ammunition two key items that they were running out of very fast, “Maybe if we’d had more men, more ammo…” (page 100). He is stating that yes they had all kinds of weapons, but they were useless against the zombies due to the fact that they were running out of ammunition and men that knew what to do.
The second way Max Brooks use real geographical locations to shows that North America is not very well prepared for an Apocalypse is also in yonkers. Although their efforts to fight off the zombies were immense. They had every weapon imaginable, but they also had top of the line protective gear that was not needed. Todd Wainio talks about having gear called “…MOPP 4, dude, Mission Oriented Protective Posture, big bulky suits and masks that are supposed to protect you from a radioactive or biochem environment.” (page 95). He also states “…what genius thought to put us in body armor anyway? Because the press reamed’ em for not having enough in the last war? Why the hell do you need a helmet when you’re fighting a living corpse? They’re the ones who need the helmets, not us!” (page 95). Basically what he is saying is that they were using gear that was not needed and that was actually no help at all.
The First way in which Max Brooks uses real geographical locations to show that Europe is better prepared for an Apocalypse is in the European Union. David Allen Forbes was an Englishman that was an author and an artist in Europe and the time of the outbreak of “Zed Heads” (zombies). The difference of weapons between North America (U.S. and Canada) and Europe was that in Europe they used “…a mace or halberd or double-bladed-axe. I myself became rather adept with this claymore…” (page 193). The reasoning behind switching to medieval weapons was because “…what else could we do when the bullets ran out and we were left with nothing else but an odd lot of medieval hand weapons?” (page 192). So David is stating that as far as being prepared for if supplies ran out they were better prepared. They had long lasting weapons, that had already shown that they would not break easily. Also they had no more need for ammunition with the long lasting medieval had weapons.
The second way that Max Brooks uses real geographical locations to show that Europe is better prepared for an Apocalypse is that he showed how it was easier to defend yourself in a castle than in body armor. In Europe they had castles that had strong stone walls that zombies could not get threw. David Allen Forbes happened to have his own castle that was called the Winsor. He explains “…their contribution does seem negligible, unless you’re like me, and that contribution was what saved your life.” (page 188). There were also other castle that had people who depended on it for safety “…like Chenon-ceau in France, a bizarre little Disneyesque castle built on a bridge over the Cher River.
With both connections to land severed, and the right amount of strategic forethought, they managed to hold their position…” (page 190). In Europe the winters were very brutal, but to most that was a good thing “…many survivors took the opportunity of frozen Zed Heads to raid the surrounding countryside for everything they’d need for the warmer months. It’s not surprising how many defenders chose to remain in their strongholds even with the opportunity to flee…” (pages 190 to 191). Basically what he is saying is that even though people had the chance to leave there castle and try to escape they didn’t. they saw that it was smarter to stay where they were and keep fighting.
Max Brooks shows through a fictional novel that Europe is better prepared than North America for an Apocalypse, using geographical locations.