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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,424 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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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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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful By "Outdoor" Jack on 17 Jun. 2010
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Vance on 1 Dec. 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kidd on 21 Mar. 2014
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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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By douglasbisson on 4 Jan. 2012
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This is about the 20th copy of this book that I've bought. I keep giving them to my friends. I also have the app on my iPhone. It is a really great book, and I always have a copy in my backpack along with a compass, signal mirror, whistle, snare wire... etc.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2011
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Despite it's diminutive size (although this is thicker than other Gem books I own) this `SAS Survival Guide' is packed with useful information to assist you in a wide variety of situations.

This is broken up into sections; Essentials which looks at equipment and preparedness, Climate and Terrain, Food, Camp Craft, Reading the Signs which covers map reading and reading the weather/terrain, On the Move, Survival at Sea, Rescue, Health which covers basic first aid and Disaster Strategies which looks at strategies to survive and get out of various natural catastrophes.

This is very well written and is clear and succinct throughout and the addition of assorted illustrations makes the ideas enclosed crystal clear and also helps you identify various natural foods.

This is a useful book to slip into a backpack for walking trips, camping trips, holidays/business trips in remote locations and a whole host of other uses. It is light, well written, full of useful information and makes for fascinating reading for armchair and actual adventurers alike.

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By FlyinnFinn on 16 May 2013
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I've always been a great fan of outdoors/survival guides, and this tome seemed like the perfect purchase - a very reasonable price, too - but when it arrived, I only then realized that it is TINY! That of course was just me not noticing the actual dimensions on the product description - perhaps I was simply too eager to order it!

This is a very small pocket-sized paperback which contains the gist of the bigger SAS survival guide. The compressed format does not mean that it is cluttered or simply a smaller reproduction of a bigger book. The text has been streamlined to fit the smaller smaller, but contains all the essential information. Illustrations are numerous and help to figure out more complex concepts such as construction of shelters.

This is a small pocket volume version of a great guide book - if you enjoy this, you should also look at the full-sized version, which will contain even more detailed information, and more illustrations. Buying this made me want the "deluxe" volume as well!

As such, perfectly sized for stashing into your backpack when going adventuring!
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