The SAS Survival Handbook
The SAS Survival Handbook is a survival guide by British author and professional soldier, John Lofty Wiseman, first published by Williams Collins in 1986. Second, revised edition came out in 2009. A digital app for smartphones based on the book is also available. The book spans over 11 sections, and an introduction and postscript, detailing how to survive in dangerous surroundings.
- Essentials: The basics of what you need to do to prepare for a journey and how to collect salt and water.
- Strategy: How to avoid getting yourself into a disaster situation.
- Climate & Terrain: How to survive in all manner of different environments from polar regions to arid regions.
- Food: How to track and kill animals and prepare them to eat.
- Camp Craft: How to set up campsites and tie knots and make fires correctly.
- Reading the Signs: The details of navigation by stars and by the sun.
- On the Move: How to cross dangerous areas relatively safely with minimal loss.
- Health: Learning first aid priorities and procedures, such as the Heimlich manoeuvre and others and a small encyclopedia of medicinal and poisonous plants and dangerous or poisonous animals.
- Survival at Sea: How to survive afloat in the open water.
- Rescue: How to get oneself rescued and signalling for help (includes tutorial for Morse code).
- Disasters: How to survive major disasters, such as floods, avalanches, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, earthquakes and nuclear aftermaths.