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SAS Survival Handbook (original 1986; edition 1992)

by John Wiseman

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Title:SAS Survival Handbook
Authors:John Wiseman (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (1992),
Collections:Your library, Craft, Crafting, non-fiction, Self Help
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The SAS Survival Handbook by John Lofty Wiseman (1986)

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In book memes, there is invariably a question about which book you would want to take along with you on a deserted island. Most people answer something like the Bible or the complete works of Shakespeare. I always answer this book. It covers everything from urban survivalism (don't get too attached to pets; you may have to eat them) to how to survive a plane crash into the ocean. Of course, you have to read the book before you need it, but it would be good to add to any backpack before a trip. The added couple of pounds could come in very handy. ( )
1 vote kaelirenee | Oct 18, 2009 |
Fun making bear-traps in the garden. The first aid section is really good as well. ( )
1 vote simondavies | Sep 30, 2009 |
Pretty freakin good, I can take a big game animal down if I need to now, hopefully it won't come to that as I am vegetarian :)
But in all seriousness you need to practice these skills if you want to be able to really survive if put in a bad situation.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in survivalism. ( )
1 vote Herabelle | Jun 21, 2009 |
This is the full size, original edition of the SAS Survival Guide, since republished in other forms including the handy pocket sized version and (better still) a set of waterproof cards. It's a complete survival reference, attractively laid out and clearly written, but it suffers from its comprehensiveness.

As a survival manual, it could be better organized. You can't flip it open to page 1 and find a list of priorities. The essentials are buried, and information is presented in an illogical order: for example, food (lowest priority) before shelter (among the highest). Signalling for help, which should be among your highest priorities, gets just a few pages at the back of the book, but you get page after page of diagrams showing how to set various lethal animal traps, which in a real emergency you'll never get around to doing. In a real emergency, you want to get rescued within 24 hrs. (This is why you have a cell phone/sat phone/personal locator beacon, right?)

From the standpoint of practical outdoor survival, then, this book isn't particularly helpful. If a member of your party gets hurt, if you lose a canoe and some kit, if you're cold and wet and lost and need to improvise so you can stay warm and get help, this book isn't going to guide you.

And some of the information is a bit suspect. For example, Wiseman suggests using a rock to drive your knife through a log to split it, which is asking for a broken knife; use a stout stick instead, and keep your blade intact. Errors like this are inevitable in a book this exhaustive, and this is a problem: you need to use other sources.

But ... this book is full of information on primitive skills, improvised shelters, fire-lighting methods, and so on. It's worth reading, and dipping into again, for anyone interested in the topic.
3 vote ajsomerset | Jan 12, 2009 |
This small but complete survival guide can fit in the pocket of your pack (in a baggie, because it's not waterproof), and at the very least it'll provide hours of happy camp reading.

This is mostly a reference book; as a survival manual, it could be better organized. You can't flip it open to page 1 and find a list of priorities. The essentials are buried, and information is presented in an illogical order: for example, food (lowest priority) before shelter (among the highest). Signalling for help, which should be among your highest priorities, gets just a few pages at the back of the book, but you get page after page of diagrams showing how to set various lethal animal traps, which in a real emergency you'll never get around to doing. In a real emergency, you want to get rescued within 24 hrs. (This is why you have a cell phone/sat phone/personal locator beacon, right?)

From the standpoint of practical outdoor survival, then, this book isn't particularly helpful. If a member of your party gets hurt, if you lose a canoe and some kit, if you're cold and wet and lost and need to improvise so you can stay warm and get help, this book isn't going to guide you.

And some of the information is a bit suspect. For example, Wiseman suggests using a rock to drive your knife through a log to split it, which is asking for a broken knife; use a stout stick instead, and keep your blade intact. Errors like this are inevitable in a book this exhaustive, and this is a problem: you need to use other sources.

But ... this book is full of information on primitive skills, improvised shelters, fire-lighting methods, and so on. It's worth reading, and dipping into again, for anyone interested in the topic.
  ajsomerset | Jan 12, 2009 |
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For my father
T C H Wiseman

who showed me the value of life
and whose dedication to helping others I try to follow.
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For 26 years, as a professional soldier, I had the privilege to serve with the Special Air Service (SAS).

Begin by preparing yourself to be a survivor.
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Tot op heden is dit het meest uitgebreide handboek over survival dat in de Nederlandse taal verschenen is. Het werd geschreven voor een Britse elite-legereenheid en daardoor bevat het vaak nogal vergaande informatie over wat te doen in noodgevallen. Het geheel bestaat uit overzichtelijk ingedeelde hoofdstukken die, in heldere taal en voorzien van duidelijke, meest zwart-wittekeningen, uitleg verstrekken. Veel aandacht is er voor klimaat en terrein, kampeertechnieken, rampen, voedsel (met gekleurde platen van planten) en vooral voor gezondheid. Het aanbevolen overlevingspakket is zowaar bijna in een borstzak mee te nemen. Voor geïnteresseerden een uitstekende uitgave die wel voor het vertrek gelezen moet worden, want zowel het kloeke formaat (23 x 24 cm) als het forse gewicht (circa 1 kg) maken het niet zo geschikt voor meename op reis.
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John Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Services (SAS). His book is their complete course: how to survive outdoors, on land or sea, in any weather, in any part of the world.

How To Survive                          Camp Craft
Preparedness and Planning     Building a Shelter
A pocket survival kit                 Making and using Fire
The survivor's needs                Preparing survival meals
Water and how to obtain it      Using Tools
                                                 Organizing a campsite
                                                 Ropes, Lashings, Knots
Strategies for Survival  
Accidents and escape procedures
Sizing up your chance in:           Reading the Signs
Polar Regions                             Maps and reading
Mountains                                  Direction Finding
Seashores                                  Weather Signs
Islands
Deserts                                     On the Move
The Tropics                               When to Break Camp
                                                  Planning your Route
Food                                          tackling the Terrain
What you Need to Keep going  Making sledges and rafts
Edible Plants 
Animal Foods                            Health
Hunting, Trapping, Fishing         First aid priorities
Handling the Kill                        Treatment procedures
Animal tracks and signs            Tropical and other diseases
                                                 Cold-climate hazards
Survival At Sea                         Natural medicines
Man overboard                         Dangerous creatures
Survival afloat                           Poisonous Snakes
Making a landfall                      

Rescue                                    Disasters
Signals and signalling             Drought, flood, fire
Rescue Techniques                 Gases and chemicals
                                               Hurricanes and earthquakes
                                              Nuclear incidents
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060578793, Paperback)

The SAS Survival Handbook is the Special Air Service's complete course in being prepared for any type of emergency. John 'Lofty' Wiseman presents real strategies for surviving in any type of situation, from accidents and escape procedures, including chemical and nuclear to successfully adapting to various climates (polar, tropical, desert), to identifying edible plants and creating fire. The book is extremely practical and is illustrated throughout with easy-to-understand line art and diagrams.

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A survival guide from the Special Air Service offers a complete course on how to be prepared for any type of emergency--from natural disasters to terrorist attacks to wilderness adventures--explaining how to adapt successfully to various climates, how to identify edible plants, and how to build a fire, with tips on first aid, campcraft, emergency preparation, and more. The SAS Survival Handbook is the Special Air Service's complete course in being prepared for any type of emergency. John Wiseman presents real strategies for surviving in any type of situation, from accidents and escape procedures, including chemical and nuclear to successfully adapting to various climates (polar, tropical, desert), to identifying edible plants and creating fire. The book is extremely practical and is illustrated throughout with easy-to-understand line art and diagrams.… (more)

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