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SAS Survival Guide: How to survive in the Wild, on Land or Sea (Collins Gem) Paperback – 4 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007320817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007320813
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.2 x 11.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John 'Lofty' Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service and was their Chief Survival Instructor. He remains the foremost authority on SAS training techniques for civilians.

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About the Author

John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service and was their Chief Survival Instructor. He remains the foremost authority on SAS training techniques for civilians.


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No need for a long review here. This book was written by a professional soldier who was in the SAS, or the Special Air Service. For those not in the know, that's an elite unit of the British Army trained to carry out operations in ALL parts of the world. Eventually, the author became a survival instructor to the SAS, so you can be sure that this guy knows his stuff.

The book covers all you'd ever want to know about the essentials of surviving in climates such as: the polar region, mountains, seashores, islands, tropical regions, or even at sea. Here's few of the many topics the book covers:

-food, what you can and can't eat
-animal tracking with numerous pics
-color pics of edible plants
-pictures of traps and how to trap things
-how to handle animals you've killed for food
-how to make a camp and various shelters
-knot tying pics
-first aid
-color pics of medicinal plants
-picures of dangerous/poisonous critters
-things to have in a survival kit

A very handy resource for anybody who enjoys outdoor/wilderness activities, it's just a darn good thing to have around in case of emergencies- or even just to look at the pictures! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that is interfering with your outdoor activities.
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For what I paid it's a bargain at £3.80 including postage! Very good little book, hundreds of pages on first aid and survival. I had this years ago as part of a first aid/survival kit and used it to make a shelter when I had to survive in the woods for 4 days as the survival part of a conservation course I did. Thanks to the instructions in this very compact little book I was able to quickly make a simple but effective shelter. Would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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This book is perfect for camping, hiking, or just a general adventure. It's small, but contains every useful tip that you need to know in order to survive in the wild. It's easy to carry so you can take it anywhere. I would definitely recommend it as it covers every climate and offers excellent guidance on what to do in survival situations.
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My boyfriend hates books so I bought him this and he read it! Progress! Just playimg on his paranoia about the impending break down of society. Handy little book and woukd definitely keep it on my person if I ever went anywhere without a starbucks.
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Well what can I say about this little gem of a book. For something of such a small size it is cramed full of knowledge that could save your life one day if you take the time to read through it before you need it! A review for this book said you'd need a magnifying glass and a torch to read it if you find yourself in a tough spot, but in all fairness you should read and understand the information before you end up in a situation where you need the knowledge.

It is cramed with information and clear diagrams on everything you could every possibly want to know, from building a shelter and what plants you can eat to what to do if there's a Volcanic erruption! There's a reason why this book has sold so many copies worldwide, the reason is that all the information is tried and tested and you know it works, being ex-military myself I have used this to expand my knowledge.

It is important that once you have read sections to go out and try the techniques, shelter buiding, fire making, collecting plants and tasting them. Take it wit you on a camping trip and try out some of the things in the book.

As a prepper I consider this a must have bit of kit in your BOB, but remember to read it, absorb the knowledge and practice it before you need it.

Paul.
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Written by a legend in military and survival training circles; John Wiseman. It is pretty thorough for such a small book and covers a variety of climatic conditions and regions of the world in which the survivor may find themselves. It would certainly be advised to do some training if you are really likely to find yourself in a situation in which you may need to use some of the ideas in this book. There is a disclaimer which warns that the reader of the book must practice within the law, get permissions from landowners etc. That pretty much rules it the activity altogether as far as the UK is concerned!! There is a train of thought that it is amazing how much trouble a fully charged mobile phone and a disposable lighter can save in many parts of the world these days. Perhaps a great armchair read and possible stocking filler for the man or woman who has everything? Now go and find yourself a tobacco tin. You're going to need it!
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Book is very good for the survival enthusiast who is already familiar with a lot of survival material, and just needs a small book to carry with him to remind him of some basics. If you are a total newbie, and expect that carrying this book will compensate for no prior survival knowledge during a survival situation, you are screwed. This book is extremely basic, and skimps over some important sections like navigation (which is a crucial skill in a rescue situation, yet only gets 4 brief pages in the book), edible plants (most plants mentioned are only found in the northern hemisphere and if you plan to travel to Asia, you won't ever see most of the plants mentioned and will need a local guide), even the survival kit assembly section of the book is just a checklist, rather than teaching you why you need each part and how it all works together.

If you need a tiny book to carry around to remind you of some basics, this is perfect. If you actually need to survival short to medium term, buy a couple of bushcraft books, a wilderness medical guide, and a more comprehensive survival guide, and carry it on a kindle with a tiny solar charger.
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