John 'Lofty' Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service (SAS) and was their Chief Survival Instructor. His book is their complete course: how to survive outdoors, on land or sea, in any weather, in any part of the world.
Planning to survive, from making a pocket survival kit to knowing how to obtain water and other basic needs.
Dealing with accidents and escape procedures, and adapting to terrain – polar regions, mountains, seashores, islands, deserts and the tropics
What you need to keep going – edible plants, animals and insects – plus animals tracks and techniques for hunting, trapping, fishing and handling the kill
Skills for building shelter, making and using fire, preparing survival meals, using tools and ropes, lashings and knots
Not only reading but how to make maps and compasses, plus other ways of direction finding and also predicting the weather
ON THE MOVE
Knowing when to break camp, planning your route, tackling the terrain and making sledges and rafts
First aid priorities, natural medicine and treatment procedures for tropical and other diseases, cold-climate hazards and dangerous or poisonous creatures
SURVIVAL AT SEA
What to do if you have to abandon ship – survival afloat and how to make a landfall
Different signals and ways of signalling, plus various rescue techniques
What to do if you have to cope with drought, flood or fire, hurricanes or earthquakes, chemical accidents or nuclear incidents