100 Military Manuals You Can Download for Free

May 11, 2015   |   Justin King

(TFC) Washington, DC – Often times people who want to have more thorough training in order to better protect themselves from harm, or to survive a disaster, simply do not know where to find the information they need. Instead they find themselves trusting less than accurate information or sifting through book after book attempting to find the information they know is out there somewhere.

Most of the time, people overlook the best possible source of information on the skills necessary to survive in bad situations, conduct military operations, or simply understand history better: The Department of Defense. Those that are aware of this as a source are painfully aware that most are cataloged based on an FM or TM number and that the numbers have very little rhyme or reason. The Fifth Column has put together a list of the Field Manuals and Technical Manuals that are most needed and sought after. We then broke the list down into easy to understand subcategories. We then located where each manual is available online.

Some of these manuals date back fifty years. Some are this year’s edition. The value in learning tactics from a bygone era is that today’s opposition will have not been trained to counter them. The tactics of war, like many things are cyclical. None of this information is classified. Some of it could cause severe injury to the user or others. This is provided for research material only.

(Yes, those are all links to download the manuals.)

The Basics: This is information that every citizen should know
Survival
Combat Skills of the Soldier
First Aid
Special Forces Medical Handbook
Map Reading and Land Navigation

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN):
Chemical Accident Contamination Control
Treatment of Biological Warfare Casualties
Field Behavior of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Agents
Radiation Protection
NBC Decontamination
Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Protection
Military Chemical/Biological Agents

Explosives:
EOD Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Grenades and Pyrotechnics
Viet Cong Boobytraps
Viet Cong Boobytrap and Mine Warfare Techniques
Soldier’s IED Awareness Guide
Improvised Munitions Handbook
General Explosives Data Sheets
Principles of Explosive Behavior
Explosives and Demolitions
Military Explosives
Incendiaries
Unconventional Warfare Devices and Techniques
Mine/Countermine Operations
Army Grenade Data Sheets
Boobytraps

Field Tradecraft:
Guide to Combat in Built up Areas
Mortar Gunnery
Survivability
Battlefield Deception
Guard Duty
Denial Operations
Battlefield Illumination
Jungle Operations
Tactical Employment of Nonlethal Weapons
Ranger Unit Operations
Mountain Operations
Visual Signals
Small Unit Night Fighter
Camouflage
Scouting and Patrolling
Ranger Handbook
USMC Raid Operations
Field Fortifications
Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain (MOUT)
Caching Techniques
Special Reconnaissance Tactics for Special Forces

General Knowledge: There really is a field manual for everything
Plumbing
Common Wood and Metal Repair
Carpentry
Basic Electricity
Welding Theory and Application

Intelligence:
Human Intelligence Collector Operations
Special Operations Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
Counterintelligence Operations
US Army Interrogation Operations
Intelligence
Intelligence Interrogation
Intelligence Officer’s Handbook
Intelligence Analysis
Counterintelligence
USMC Counterintelligence
Tactical Human Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operations

Medical:
Medical Operations in Low Intensity Conflicts
Treatment of Biological Warfare Casualties
Casualty Evacuation
Medical Evacuation in a Theater of Operations
Army First Aid

Misc:
Domestic Support Operations
Psychological Operations Tactics and Techniques
Communications Jamming Handbook
Civil Disturbance Operations
Military Police Operations
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations
Flame, Riot Control Agents, and Herbicide Operations
Design of Underground Installations in Rock
Physical Security

Sniping:
Counter Sniper Guide
Marine Corp Sniping
Special Forces Sniper Training
Special Operations Sniper Training
Army Sniper Training

Survival:
USMC Survival Manual
USMC Summer Survival Manual
USMC Winter Survival Manual
USMC Combat Water Survival
Basic Cold Weather Survival

Unconventional Warfare:
Civil Disturbances
Typical Foreign Unconventional Weapons
USMC: Understanding and Surviving Terrorism
Operations in a Low-Intensity Conflict
Operations Against Irregular Forces
Human Factors in Insurgencies
Counterinsurgency Operations
USMC: The Guerrilla and How to Fight Him
Doctrine for Special Forces Operations
Silencers: Principles and Evaluations
Unconventional Warfare Devices and Techniques
Guerrilla Warfare and Special Forces Operations

If you plan on saving these to use in a disaster scenario, remember you might not have power. Print them or learn them.


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Author: Justin King

Justin King joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include activism, human rights, international relations, and military affairs. Born in Japan, he currently resides in the United States.

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