The SAS Survival Handbook

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The SAS Survival Handbook is a survival guide by British author and professional soldier, John Wiseman, first published by Williams Collins in 1986. Second, revised edition came out in 2009.[1] A digital app for smartphones based on the book is also available.[2] The book spans over 11 sections, and an introduction and postscript, detailing how to survive in dangerous surroundings.


  1. Essentials: The basics of what you need to do to prepare for a journey and how to collect salt and water.
  2. Strategy: How to avoid getting yourself into a disaster situation.
  3. Climate & Terrain: How to survive in all manner of different environments from polar regions to arid regions.
  4. Food: How to track and kill animals and prepare them to eat.
  5. Camp Craft: How to set up campsites and tie knots and make fires correctly.
  6. Reading the Signs: The details of navigation by stars and by the sun.
  7. On the Move: How to cross dangerous areas relatively safely with minimal loss.
  8. 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.
  9. Survival at Sea: How to survive afloat in the open water.
  10. Rescue: How to get oneself rescued and signalling for help (includes tutorial for Morse code).
  11. Disasters: How to survive major disasters, such as floods, avalanches, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, earthquakes and nuclear aftermaths.

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  1. ^ John 'Lofty' Wiseman SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition; William Morrow Paperbacks (2009) ISBN 978-1875900060
  2. ^ SAS Survival Guide Mobile Apps 2011

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