SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere

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The ultimate guide to surviving anywhere, now updated with more than 100 pages of additional material, including a comprehensive First Aid course in emergency/wilderness medicine.

Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic camp-craft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster.

"A classic outdoor manual that addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. Don’t leave home without it."

Review by |  Outside Magazine  Date  | 2014


+ First Aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured.

+ Being prepared: Understanding basic survival skills, like reading the weather, and preparation essentials, such as a pocket survival kit.

+ Making Camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, staying warm, and creating tools.

+ Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it.

+ Disaster Survival: How to react in the face of natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive if all services and supplies are cut off.

+ Self-Defense: Arming yourself with basic hand-to-hand combat techniques.

+  Security: Protecting your family and property from intrusion, break-ins, and theft.

+ Climate & Terrain: Overcoming any location, from the tropics to the poles, from the desert to the mountains and sea.

About The Author 

John Lofty Wiseman - MyMedic - SAS Survival Handbook

John "Lofty" Wiseman is a British author and survival consultant, and a former member of the Special Air Service (SAS), the British special forces unit.

In 1959, at the age of eighteen, Wiseman became the youngest person ever to pass selection for the SAS, joining from the Parachute Regiment, which he had joined a year earlier. He went on to serve in the SAS for 26 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant Major. Wiseman was also Head of Operational Research 22 SAS, set up a counter hijack team known as SP Team and founded the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team (who are well known for their involvement in the Iranian Embassy siege), and trained the Green Berets.

Before his retirement Wisemen was also involved in selection courses where he helped decide who was able to join the SAS. When he did retire in 1985 the commanding officer of the 22nd SAS said that "Lofty is a legend in this regiment."

After leaving the SAS in 1985, his first book was The SAS Survival Handbook (published in 1986). Wiseman has since become a survival consultant, writing a number of other books on the subject, as well as appearing on television. When he provided survival training to the cast of the 1990 film Memphis Belle, his ability to make food out of unlikely materials inspired cast member Harry Connick Jr. to write Lofty's Roach Souffle.

Wiseman is also a member of the instructional team at Trueways Survival School. He was also the instructor for the selection/training phase for the show Castaway 2000.



+ British SAS  |  1959 - 1985


+ Sergeant Major  |  B Squadron (Sabre Sqn)  |  22 SAS

+ Sergeant Major  |  22 SAS Training Wing

+ Head of Operational Research  |  22 SAS

+ Established SP Team  |  Counter Hi-Jack

+ Established SAS Counter-Terrorist Team (you know…those chaps who ended the Iranian Embassy siege)

+ Trained the first members of the U.S. Army Green Berets that formed the famous Delta Force (US Special Forces).


+ Paperback | 672 Pages

+ Publisher | William Morrow Paperbacks

+ Edition | 3rd | November 11th, 2014

+ Language | English

+ ISBN-10 | 0062378074

+ ISBN-13 | 978-0062378071

+ Dimensions | 1.2 in. x 8.05 in. x 6.2 in.

+ Weight | 1.88 lb.

+ Not HSA/FSA Approved