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U.S. Army Survival Handbook, Revised [Kindle Edition]

Department of the Army
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An essential resource not just for soldiers but for all outdoorspeople—including campers, hunters, hikers, and anglers—the U.S. Army Survival Handbook is a comprehensive volume replete with user-friendly illustrations.



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From the Back Cover

A new edition, thoroughly revised and updated by military survival expert SFC Matt Larsen.As a soldier, you can be sent anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. Whether in a temperate, tropical, arctic, or subarctic region, you might find yourself alone in a remote area with little or no personal gear. This new edition of the classic U.S. Army Survival Handbook provides the information you need to survive. Widely recognized as the finest single source on the subject, it is standard issue for U.S. Special Operations Forces and pilots, and has been used by foreign militaries the world over. An essential resource not just for soldiers but also for all outdoorspeople—campers, hunters, hikers, and anglers—this comprehensive volume contains a wealth of detailed illustrations. It covers a breadth of topics, including: The will to surviveSurvival planningSurvival medicineMaking weapons and toolsFinding waterWild plants for foodWildlife for foodMaking sheltersBuilding firesWater crossingsDirection findingSignalingDesert, tropical, arctic, and subarctic survivalSea survivalPoisonous snakes and insects

About the Author

Sergeant First Class Matt Larsen is a longtime trainer in survival and fighting techniques for the Army Rangers. A graduate of the multi-service SERE (Survival, Evasion, Rescue, and Escape) training program and of Jungle Survival Training in the Philippines and Okinawa, he served in the 75th Ranger Regiment for over twelve years, parachuting into Panama during the 1989 U.S. invasion and participating in the Gulf War.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8286 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; Revised edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001MBUH22
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bought as a gift for my nephew March 20, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this in hard copy for my 13 year old nephew. He seemed to like it. I haven't read this particular version, but they're all THE SAME -- they're based on the official US Army manual, which is online. I've downloaded and read the online version.

(As a previous reviewer pointed out, a soldier's wife iirc, the US Army Survival Handbook is available on the Internet -- just use search term "FM 21-76-1" (old Army numbering system) or "FM 3-05.70" (new Army numbering system). It's available online in Adobe Acrobat PDF format FOR FREE, so unless you NEED a hard copy, you don't necessarily have to buy a book.)

This version seems to have a good, sturdy binding, but is still paperback. The cover seems water proof, but the pages aren't.

It's got the usual information you'd expect on evading "the enemy", finding your fellow troops, and surviving in various climates. It's a good, bare-bones survival guide.

There's a lot of information you also wouldn't expect -- like how to maintain hygiene, which is important for maintaining your health (consider the possible parasites in the various geographical locales or climates, especially tropical! ick!). And there's useful info on building quick shelter and how to distill drinkable water when the water around you is not drinkable or there *is* no water around you.

One caveat: this manual presumes you have some basic equipment with you -- like a big knife, fishing line or nylon, those sorts of things. If you don't, you won't be able to do use some of the survival techniques the manual advises. So keep that in mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE SURVIVAL GUIDE August 14, 2011
Format:Paperback
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SURVIVAL GUIDES EVER WRITTEN AND POSSIBLY THE MOST COMPLETE AS IT COVERS ALL TYPES OF CLIMATES AND PARTS OF THE WORLD. IN MY OPINION, IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRAVEL TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS SURVIVAL GUIDE WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU WILL NEED THIS KNOWLEDGE. IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY MORE THAN ONE SURVIVAL BOOK, GET THIS ALONG WITH LARRY DEAN OLSEN`S BOOK "OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS" AND JOHN AND GERRY MCPHERON`S BOOK "ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WILDERNESS LIVING" AND YOU WILL BE IN GOOD SHAPE AS FAR AS SURVIVAL KNOWLEDGE GOES.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on survival. March 21, 2011
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This book is right up there with Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual.The US Army Survival Handbook covers just about every survival topic a person might be interested in, especially the pertinent topics.It was written for soldiers,but it will come in handy for anyone interested in camping,hiking,or someone who, having gone camping or hiking, has gotten lost in the wilderness in any climate. You will find in this book everything you need to know about surviving, from how to light a fire without matches or lighter,to surviving after a nuclear,biological,or chemical incident. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the topic, because one never knows when it might come in handy. Anyone who has ever watched the television show, I Shouldn't Be Alive,knows that sometimes you just fall into survival situations;your car breaks down in the middle of a deserted desert while on a road trip, or any number of unforeseen possibilities.This book is packed full of good, useful, information should you find yourself in such a situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! August 1, 2013
By Casey F
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Although this book is geared toward military personnel and the potential survival scenarios that most of us civilians will likely not encounter, I still think it is a helpful reference for outdoor enthusiasts and the like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good information source but could be better. February 24, 2013
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I bought this handbook and the SAS Survival handbook around the same time. The SAS Survival handbook is by far a better survival handbook. It's laid out better has more detail and easier to understand. When the s*** hits the fan I will grab the SAS and run.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary for any go bag December 26, 2012
By Tony B
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Lots of vital short term survival information in a condensed format, perfect for a small go bag. This is probably the most important item in my kit.
Arrived quickly in perfect condition. Just stick it in a large ziplock bag (a quart size bag was just a bit too small) and leave it in your pack. Knowledge is the key to survival.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just in Case December 6, 2012
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The book is good. Couldn't expect any better. Talking about almost everything. I think needed more pictures, sometimes the draws are not perfectly clear...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have for the survivalist, hunter, hiker April 18, 2012
By Shawn
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i had the original us army hand book and this one kicks it a_s! it has a lot better insight more detailed info on shelters, plants for food and medicine, direction and as commandant lassard would say "many, many" other things
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for many survival situations.
This is a good reference for multiple survival situations. Although the material is available as open source PDFs I opted for this version as the table of contents and other... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hogstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
yay
Published 3 months ago by Stephen D. Rotella
5.0 out of 5 stars U.S. Army Survival Handbook
A "must have" companion for all serious survivalists and backpackers.
One of the best military Field Manuals written. Read more
Published 6 months ago by charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love the illustations and easy to follow guide. Im got it just incase you may be lost in the woods or the possiblily you may need to survive anything extrodinary
Published 14 months ago by Candi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great read. Does a great job of walking you through steps and uses simple language to do so. Good for everyday outdoors men knowledge.
Published 23 months ago by Ryan M
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the most part, but...
one little complaint.
the section on tracking and counter-tracking is almost negligible.
a U.S. special forces tracking/countertracking manual exists on the web in . Read more
Published on December 7, 2012 by Joshua A. Mulford
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best buys in survival
If your into survival this is the best simple to read and use book out here. No BS, straight to the point useful info on surviving most any situation. Read more
Published on April 22, 2011 by John
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More About the Author

Matt Larsen, a career Army Ranger who is best known as a hand-to-hand combat expert and the father of the U.S. Army's Modern Army Combatives Program, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the 75th Ranger Regiment during the course of a 22-year career in the military. Larsen founded the United States Army Combatives School and served as both its commandant and the Director of the Army Combatives program for more than a decade. While there he wrote both the 2002 and 2009 editions of FM 3-25.150 (Combatives).

Since leaving the Army, Larsen has worked as a private security contractor throughout the Middle East and Africa; trained US Marine Corps personal security detachments (PSD) for deployment to Iraq; designed a Combatives systems for the Canadian Special Operations Regiment; and, consulted on the design of Combatives training systems for the US Air Force, the British Royal Marines and the British Infantry.


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