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#290184 - 08/09/18 06:14 PM 1944 AF Manual 21: Survival, now downloadable
rafowell Offline

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 216
Loc: Southern California
In the USA, at least, you can now read/search online and download as a pdf:

July 1944 Air Forces Manual 21: Survival On Land, At Sea

Nothing earthshaking here, but since Google Books went to the trouble, I thought I'd advertise it.[1][2]

One still-pertinent item is this tutorial diagram: Sighting a double-sided signal mirror

(The aimers in the signal mirrors stocked in oceangoing lifeboat kits are overwhelmingly
the inexpensive double-sided or foresight aimer (aka heliograph) type, rather than
the more effective retroreflective aimer type, so it is good to know all three signal mirror aiming methods.[3]
(All are more accurate than the improvised "vee-finger" method, which is a particularly iffy variant of the foresight method).

The bibliography entry for this item is:

Survival on land, at sea ; prepared by Arctic, Desert, and Tropic Information Center.
[James Gray, Inc., New York, N. Y., July 1944.]
[2] +78 p. il. narrow 12° (Air Forces manual 21.)
[Pages 75-77 are left blank to be used for log.] W 108.19:21

The downloadable pdf is "image-style" (non-searchable) version, but you can search the online version.

[1] I had noticed that Google Books had this set for "snippet view only", so I requested they review it for unrestricted viewing in the USA (may still be blocked outside),
and they did. Since I put them to that trouble, I wanted more folks than me to benefit, and it seemed like something of interest to this forum.

[2] Other copies on Google Books:

[3] Training videos for the three types of signal mirror aimer:

Double-Sided Signal Mirror Aimer:
(fancy version here, but simple steel plate with hole is aimed the same way):
The Signaling Mirror: WWII US Government Training Film

Foresight/Heliograph Signal Mirror Aimer:
Using a foresight signal mirror aimer

Retroreflective Signal Mirror Aimer:
Using a retroreflective signal mirror aimer, red-dot subtype
A signal mirror should be backup for a 24 hr, all-weather radio distress signal, such as a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB)

#290186 - 08/09/18 11:08 PM Re: 1944 AF Manual 21: Survival, now downloadable [Re: rafowell]
Phaedrus Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2169
Loc: Great Plains
Awesome! Thanks for the heads up!
“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” Naguib Mahfouz

#290194 - 08/11/18 09:40 PM Re: 1944 AF Manual 21: Survival, now downloadable [Re: Phaedrus]
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Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6646
Loc: southern Cal
interesting document. While some things have changed, much remains the same.

I was particularly interested in the section on dealing with "natives." It reads like an intro to a course in cultural anthropology, although isolated "native" groups are hard to find these days....
Geezer in Chief


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