This manual has been prepared to meet the need for essential yet comprehensive information on the technic of survival under unusual conditions. It is designed for use both by instructors and trainees in Naval Aviation. It treats survival on a global basis, emphasizing principles that can be grasped quickly and easily and practiced to the benefit of any person subjected to the hazards of warfare.
These general principles are supplemented where necessary with specific information. This manual has been made as complete as is practical in the realization that a thorough knowledge of this subject gives confidence, aids in conquering fears of the unknown, and will serve as the foundation for making sound decisions.
General and universally applicable principles formulated out of man's contact with nature throughout the ages have been set down and organized so as to enable the individual to make maximum use of this knowledge at a time when survival may depend on the ability to apply it. Knowledge acquired from this manual supplemented by field exercises offers the most practical method of giving sound individual instruction in a given period of time.
Our fighting men must be prepared to enter battle zones with a maximum chance of survival. No matter where stranded they must have every aid to assist them to both live and fight again. In preparing such a manual, it would be impossible to rely upon Information from any one source and a general acknowledgment is made to those individuals and institutions who throughout the years have recorded even the remotest of facts in order that such information might be available for the benefit of mankind.
Various governmental agencies have furnished illustrations and their scientists have constructively reviewed this manual. Among these are the Smithsonian Institution, the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, the Bureau of Plant Industry, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Special Forces Section O.Q.M.G. and the Emergency Rescue Equipment Section. The Library of Congress and the Department of Agriculture Library have also been most helpful.