WATCH: 1955 US Navy guide to living off the land


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I had the 1950s Air Force survival manual as a kid and it was endlessly fascinating, especially the trapping and snaring that the Boy Scout Manual did not have.

Those same authors also wrote “A Pilots Survival Manual” which maY also be worth checking out.

Practically, (and in my day) there were two volumes to the “manual”-- the Handbook, which everybody had, and the Fieldbook, which covered wilderness living in a lot more detail.

Alonzo Pond was a famous early 20th century archaeologist at Beloit College

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