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The SAS Survival Handbook [Hardcover]

John 'Lofty' Wiseman
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21 Aug 1986
How to survive in the wild, in any climate, on land or at sea.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Harvill Press (21 Aug 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002727749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002727747
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 23.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,574 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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Book Description

How to survive in the wild, in any climate, on land or at sea

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John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service (SAS) and his best-selling book is based on the training techniques of the world’s most famous elite fighting force.

This definitive guide shows you how to survive in the wild, in any climate, on land or at sea, for campers, hikers, sailors and all those interested in outdoor pursuits.

Updated and revised, this new edition is in a rucksack-friendly format and comes in a practical plastic case.

Be prepared: Understanding basic survival needs and preparing essentials such as a pocket survival kit.

Strategy: Handling every kind of situation, from dealing with accidents to adapting to different climates and terrain such as polar regions, mountains, coastal areas, deserts and the tropics.

Food: What to eat, where to find it (using the miniature field guide), how to prepare and store it.

Making camp: Finding the best location, constructing different types of shelter, organizing camp and using the relevant tools and knots.

Reading the signs: Not only map reading but also determining your direction by using natural resources as well as reading the weather.

On the move: Skills to assess a variety of routes and how to tackle them.

Health: First aid procedures and the natural treatment of tropical diseases, medical disorders and cold climate hazards as well as advice on the dangers of poisonous creatures and plants

Survival at sea: How to abandon a ship and survive afloat with a guide to obtaining food and the dangers of sharks.

Rescue: Important signalling codes, techniques and types of rescue.

Disasters: What to do if confronted with natural disasters such as fire, drought, flood, lightning, eathquakes and chemical accidents as well as surviving at home if all services and supplies are cut off.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sas Survival 10 Sep 2005
Does what it's supposed to. The perfect survival guide for any situation, tells you how to find food and water, make a shelter, make a fire and lots more.
There are colour illutrations of edible and medical plants as well as poisonous plants and fungi. There is also a first aid section which covers a range of situations. The book also tells you how to make weapons (e.g. bow and arrow, spear, sling etc...) to hunt with and to recognise different animals tracks.
It describes different knots (includes how to make snares and other animal traps).
It also briefly tells you how to survive a tornado, earthquake, nuclear explosion etc..
If your looking for a book to help you in any climate in any country this is perfect, or if you just like the outdoors you will find this book usefull
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
I have always had a small interest in survival skills, but mainly from the armchair. I was reading this book when one day, I was out in the fields with an old farmer and we saw a load of mushrooms. On picking them and checking in the survival book I found that they were field mushroom, so I ate them fried with a load of garlic. This time of year I often wander around local fields looking for a free meal and ticking off the 'foods' I can now identify and practically eat from the book. Adding notes to help me. From Hawthorn berries to Borage I now use many regularly. The most important items to identify are the poisonous ones and it is suprising which ones are, but the book guides you through many of these. From major survival situations to normal eveyday happenings the book does a good job in covering them all. I have thoughrougly enjoyed this book and my copy is now a little dog eared and battered but indispensable, and who knows, one day I may get to use more of the information. You do not need to be lost in the wilderness for this book to help you, my family now practice fishing, knot tying, plant identification, tracking and fire lighting regularly when out and about. It gives us a lot of enjoyment.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This little book could save your life, seriously. Though it is obviously aimed towards people with a predilection towards outdoor pursuits such as hiking, mountain climbing, sailing (etc) it does also make a point of saying that you never know when this information may come in handy. Written by a former member of the SAS, who would be the ultimate authority in extreme survival, this book is full of practical information on how to survive anywhere in the world. It details information like how to find a source of water, or create one yourself, how to treat injuries, how to make a shelter, ways to stave off dehydration, what plant forms are edible. It is a very long list because the book is full of no-nonsense information. If you are interested in outdoor pursuits this is a book that should definitely be read, or for any other reason this book contains information that could save your life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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With over two decades in the British S.A.S., John "Lofty" Wiseman learned everything about survival one can possibly imagine. This book has traveled thousands of miles with me, and the smaller 'SAS Survival Guide' is a permanent part of my travel/camping gear. This book teaches you how to get water in the desert, build a fire in the arctic, and every other survival essential action possible. Highly Recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Concise & Informative 18 Aug 1999
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I have owned this book for a few years now and have found it's content invaluable. Covering everything from edible plant identification to car crash survival! If you dislike busy text filled books then you will appreciate the logical layout and design this book offers. In short I personally reccommend it and have done for years!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life saving and at the very least a fun read! 17 May 2010
A useful informative book full of survival tips and tricks. For those seeking survival knowledge this book could save your life, at the very least it makes for some interesting reading!

I do a lot of remote mountain hiking and camping, many times I do this solo. I am keen to increase my knowledge base in case of survival techniques and this book is perfect.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 30 Jun 2006
Not what you would call a pocket guide. This book is absolutly packed with very useful information. trouble is, there is so much info you will probably forget most of it before you get to use it.

I would reccomend buying and reading this book then also buying the collins book on survival which is much, much smaller.

The collins book can be taken anywhere and will remind you of what you John Wiseman taught you.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best survival book available 31 Dec 2006
SIX stars! Everything you need to survive is included in this amazingly small pocket-sized book, yet there is no padding. In true SAS-style you learn only what you need, no more. For example, you don't need to know every edible plant in the world, just a few from each part of the world that you will definitely be able to find in quantity. No need to buy additional books with specialist knowledge - this book covers absolutely every survival topic, with enough information to keep you alive. As Fairburn and Sykes taught us, it's no good overloading yourself with loads of fancy stuff, you just need a handful of reliable bits of knowledge to learn thoroughly. This book is brilliantly and simply laid out and easy to follow. Many of the survival publications out there are for your bookshelf or for amateur, rich, overweight people to refer to when playing survivalist for the day on a hunting trip. This book is different. It is designed to go in your pocket and keep you alive wherever you go. If you ever get into a survival situation then I can guarantee that having this book will save your life.
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