dealsunited states army field manual 5-31: boobytraps…

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Regardless of where it's bought, everyone should have this handy resource! One never knows when such knowledge might be vitally necessary.

:::thinking of my former husband's parents and their tendency to just "drop in" for a three-hour visit on Sunday afternoons:::

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2 things.
1) This should be a freely available book. This is no 'deal'. beburns58 gave a link above.
2) I did this sort of thing in the Army. I know this manual. We did this. This stuff is basically of no use to anyone outside of the Army actively involved in this field. It's mostly how to set booby traps using Army issued boobytrap devices. One would probably be better served just googling some improvised, home made booby traps. It's probably better than the crap we were issued anyway.

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Ahhhh, did someone say booby? :)

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these field manuals are all fun. I remember the one about survival in the wild behind enemy lines... Particularly neat was the "Maggot therapy" for seriously infected wounds. The one about taking out bridges and similar structures was a good read too.

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It is missing the "trouble shooting (disarming?) section."

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http://www.armystudyguide.com

You can get a variety of FM manuals for free simply by googling.. Good reads are:

FM 21-20
FM 10-21
FM 3-22.9
FM 6-22
FM 3-11.4

You can get a lot of good information...

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@diehard20: Easy: Blow in place. SOP for pretty much 100% of boobytraps now.