US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76 Paperback – October 1, 1970
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The information contained within it is simply some of the best. It’s a pretty broad overview of the subject but it will keep you alive if you follow the directions. lol
There are many, many books on the subject. The SAS survival manual is probably the best.
But for a small, compact easily accessible manual this is a good one.
Hey, it’s cheap enough, just get one.
Thanks for reading
The manual is also useful for tips on building a fire, constructing a make-shift shelter, and what to include in a rucksack for a short hike. Once read, you're not apt to qualify as a "Green Beret", but it may give you enough confidence to handle an otherwise unfamiliar situation calmly.
I bought the book mainly as a reference that I could toss into our disaster-preparedness closet. I don't have any plans to use the information in the book, but I wanted a guidebook "just in case." This serves that purpose beautifully, but the "SAS Survival Guide" (the pocket-sized version of the "SAS Survival Handbook" is much better for this purpose. There isn't really much discussion of emotional issues in the SAS Guide, and there's no focus on evading enemy capture or things like that. But it's a much nicer book (the army guide seems like it's been Xeroxed a million times, and the print quality is questionable). The SAS Guide is a great size for tossing into a car glovebox, and it's easier to browse and search.
If you have the space and inclination, get both. They do both offer slightly different information. For example, the Army guide tells you how to get fresh water from sea water in cold climates by letting small amounts of sea water slowly freeze. (Fresh water will freeze out of the solution first, leaving a slushy saltwater glob that you can then remove from the ice--or something like that). The SAS Guide, on the other hand, tells you how to get fresh water at sea from a fresh-water gland along the spine of a fish. If you were really stranded, it would be great to have both. If you only get one, I would recommend the SAS guide though.
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that's not what I got. The information tends to range from the obvious to useless. A large section on
edible plants with unclear drawings tries to identify material you neither recognize nor eat. It does not instruct
on how to get to food or even steal it in a true survival scenario. Amount of useful information could be written
on fifteen pages. The print is so light it is barely legible. Great for toilet paper or tinder. Compiled during the
Vietnam War, it is of historical value. So wear sunglasses in the desert and realize when the situation is
Maybe tom Hanks from Castaway.