Pete’s post at WRSA on FM 7-8 on Kindle for .99 cents set me to thinking on what else might be available. In my own experience, reliance on the two ‘school books’ below has never let me down, since I received my first copy of 21-75 in ’77, and my first, ‘Dismounted Patrolling’ in ’82. They are, without doubt, the best of their kind availble to the average guy, and yes, they’re, ‘old school’!
FM 2175, Combat Training of the Individual Soldier and Patrolling, 1967
(Best Vintage for information and explanation.)
ST 21-75-3, Dismounted Patrolling, 1981, US Army Ranger School
(This student handout fills in the outline provided by the Ranger Handbook)
They are the best source of information available if you don’t have the resources to attend a class with DTG, Mosby, Max, Mason Dixon, etc. They provide a solid baseline that can be converted into a Plan of Instruction (POI) to take a novice to journeyman if done properly.
These manuals, of course, have been out of print for decades, but are still available on various sites and range in price from $5 to as much as $50. I’ve collected and distributed several of them over the last few years to people who really were serious about improving their skill levels in SUT. Waiting until you see a good price usually does the trick; I’ve never paid more than $15 (including shipping) for a ‘like new’ copy.
You can also find them at flea markets and antique stores, believe it or not.
Use the information as you will.