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Overview

As a soldier, you can be sent to any area of the world at a moment's notice. It may be in a temperate, tropical, arctic, or subarctic region. You might expect to have your personal equipment and your unit or other members of your unit with you wherever you go, but there is no guarantee, however, that this will be so. You could find yourself alone in a remote area-possibly enemy territory-with little or no personal gear. The U.S. Army Survival Handbook provides vital information and describes the basic techniques to enable you to survive and return alive should you find yourself in such a situation.
This book is widely recognized as the finest single source on the subject of survival. It is utilized by Special Operations Forces and pilots, and has also been translated for use in foreign militaries the world over. But this handbook is not just for soldiers. Civilians have discovered this detailed compilation to be a tremendously interesting and important addition to their home libraries, cars, and RVs.
The U.S. Army Survival Handbook describes and clearly illustrates a wide array of topics, including 
- The Will to Survive 
- Survival Planning 
- Survival Medicine 
- Weapons and Tools 
- Water Procurement 
- Wild Plants for Food 
- Wildlife for Food 
- Shelter 
- Firebuilding 
- Water Crossings 
- Direction Finding 
- Signaling 
- Desert Survival 
- Tropical Survival 
- Arctic and Subarctic Survival 
- Sea Survival 
- Poisonous Snakes 
- Knots 
- Climate 
- Weather 
- And much more.
An outstanding resource for any individual interested in self-reliance in any type of environment on the planet, the U.S. Army Survival Handbook is a concise and in depth reference, with a wealth of excellent black and white photographs and detailed illustrations which help to make it an easy and informative read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585745562
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Series: U. S. Army Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Survival Actions 1
Pattern for Survival 5
Chapter 2 Psychology of Survival
A Look at Stress 8
Natural Reactions 12
Preparing Yourself 15
Chapter 3 Survival Planning and Survival Kits
Importance of Planning 18
Survival Kits 18
Chapter 4 Basic Survival Medicine
Requirements for Maintenance of Health 22
Medical Emergencies 28
Lifesaving Steps 29
Bone and Joint Injury 37
Bites and Stings 40
Wounds 45
Environmental Injuries 50
Herbal Medicines 52
Chapter 5 Shelters
Shelter Site Selection 54
Types of Shelters 55
Chapter 6 Water Procurement
Water Sources 74
Still Construction 81
Water Purification 84
Water Filtration Devices 86
Chapter 7 Firecraft
Basic Fire Principles 88
Site Selection and Preparation 88
Fire Material Selection 91
How to Build a Fire 91
How to Light a Fire 94
Chapter 8 Food Procurement
Animals for Food 99
Traps and Snares 107
Killing Devices 121
Fishing Devices 122
Preparation of Fish and Game for Cooking and Storage 130
Chapter 9 Survival Use of Plants
Edibility of Plants 138
Plants for Medicine 148
Chapter 10 Poisonous Plants
How Plants Poison 151
All About Plants 152
Rules for Avoiding Poisonous Plants 153
Contact Dermatitis 153
Ingestion Poisoning 154
Chapter 11 Dangerous Animals
Insects and Arachnids 156
Leeches 159
Bats 159
Poisonous Snakes 160
Dangerous Lizards 162
Dangers in Rivers 162
Dangers in Bays and Estuaries 164
Saltwater Dangers 164
Chapter 12 Field-Expedient Weapons, Tools, and Equipment
Clubs 170
Edged Weapons 172
Other Expedient Weapons 176
Lashing and Cordage 178
Rucksack Construction 180
Clothing and Insulation 182
Cooking and Eating Utensils 183
Chapter 13 Desert Survival
Terrain 185
Environmental Factors 187
Need for Water 191
Heat Casulaties 194
Precautions 195
Desert Hazards 195
Chapter 14 Tropical Survival
Tropical Weather 198
Jungle Types 198
Travel Through Jungle Areas 202
Immediate Considerations 203
Water Procurement 203
Food 205
Poisonous Plants 206
Chapter 15 Cold Weather Survival
Cold Regions and Locations 208
Windchill 208
Basic Principles of Cold Weather Survival 209
Hygiene 212
Medical Aspects 213
Cold Injuries 214
Shelters 218
Fire 223
Water 226
Food 227
Travel 230
Weather Signs 231
Chapter 16 Sea Survival
The Open Sea 233
Seashores 265
Chapter 17 Expedient Water Crossings
Rivers and Streams 269
Rapids 270
Rafts 274
Flotation Devices 278
Other Water Obstacles 279
Vegetation Obstacles 280
Chapter 18 Field-Expedient Direction Finding
Using the Sun and Shadows 282
Using the Moon 285
Using the Stars 285
Making Improvised Compasses 287
Other Means of Determining Direction 288
Chapter 19 Signaling Techniques
Application 289
Means for Signaling 290
Codes and Signals 298
Aircraft Vectoring Procedures 302
Chapter 20 Survival Movement in Hostile Areas
Phases of Planning 304
Execution 306
Return to Friendly Control 311
Chapter 21 Camouflage
Personal Camouflage 315
Methods of Stalking 319
Chapter 22 Contact With People
Contact With Local People 321
The Survivor's Behavior 323
Changes to Political Allegiance 324
Chapter 23 Survival in Man-Made Hazards
The Nuclear Environment 326
Biological Environments 340
Chemical Environments 345
Index 349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    The Way A Good Survival Handbook Should Be!

    It helped me twice in my time of need once when I was stranded on an deserted island in the middle of the mediteranian sea because my airplane fell into the ocean and the other when I was hiking in the alps and lost my way and my copanions had frozen to death

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