U.S. Army Map Reading and Land Navigation Handbook by U.S. Department of the ArmyFor a soldier, knowing where you are is a matter of life and death, and so it comes as no surprise that the Army has produced the most complete, clear, and thorough guide to map reading and navigation available.
The book starts with a comprehensive explanation of the meaning and uses of maps, whether photographic, planimetric (standard-style) or topographic, then progresses to discuss the use of those maps, discussing compass techniques, celestial navigation, and determination of distance. There is a detailed section on interpreting topographic maps, with notes on tactical considerations for differing terrain, as well as determining the ease of movement through an area.
Training Strategy - Maps -Marginal Information and Symbols - Grids - Scale and Distance -Direction - Overlays - Aerial Photographs - Navigation Equipment and Methods - Elevation and Relief - Terrain Association - Mounted Land Navigation - Navigation in Different Types of Terrain - Unit Sustainment
There is also information on field sketching, the tricky art of map folding, units of measure and conversion factors, map symbols, orienteering, and the global positioning system (GPS).
For the adult outdoorsman venturing into the wild, the Boy Scout, or the serious military buff, the Armys guide to map reading and navigation is an indispensable must.
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Map reading and navigation is serious business, so why would you settle for anything but a no-nonsense instructional manual on the subject from the organization that must be precise in life-or-death situations? Here is a manual that leaves nothing to chance. It explains for military personnel and civilian outdoorsmen every aspect of land navigation. It requires no prior knowledge of these subjects, and includes sections on map care, comprehension of map symbols, military symbols, grid reference systems, and interpretation of aerial photographs. Anyone who spends time in the outdoors or is interested in military practices will be fascinated by this handbook. The Department of the Army is headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and also authors other texts about survival, fighting and other bad stuff. Do not mess with them or they will bust you up..
It requires no prior knowledge of these subjects. Sections include map care, comprehension of map symbols, military symbols, grid reference systems, and interpretation of aerial photographs.
Sponsored advertisement:. Sponsored Advertisement:. This website is not affiliated with the U. All proceeds from the operation of this site are donated to veteran and other charities. Black - Indicates cultural man-made features such as buildings and roads, surveyed spot elevations, and all labels. Red-Brown - The colors red and brown are combined to identify cultural features, all relief features, non-surveyed spot elevations, and elevation, such as contour lines on red-light readable maps. Blue - Identifies hydrography or water features such as lakes, swamps, rivers, and drainage.
Land navigation is the discipline of following a route through unfamiliar terrain on foot or by vehicle, using maps with reference to terrain, a compass , and other navigational tools. It is distinguished from travel by traditional groups, such as the Tuareg  across the Sahara and the Inuit  across the Arctic , who use subtle cues to travel across familiar, yet minimally differentiated terrain. Land navigation is a core military discipline, which uses courses that are an essential part of military training. Often, these courses are several miles long in rough terrain and are performed under adverse conditions, such as at night or in the rain. In the late 19th century, land navigation developed into the sport of orienteering. Nordic military garrisons began orienteering competitions in In the United States military , land navigation courses are required for the Marine Corps  and the Army.