The Airman’s Arctic Survival Guide by Belmore Browne
“Wars are fought outdoors.” - Belmore Browne (1880-1954) Alarmed by the high casualty rate of downed airmen in the north during the opening months of World War II, military planners turned to Belmore Browne, American artist, illustrator, explorer and experienced outdoorsman. As Civilian Consultant for the new Arctic Training School, he prepared courses based on his lectures and original poster-sized diagrams to teach pilots and crew the craft of survival. His instruction is presented here in a handsome collection. Previously inaccessible to the public, Browne’s 38 extraordinary diagrams reflect a stimulating partnership of artistry and outdoor skills. His lectures and other writings discuss the challenges and opportunities for the ditched airman - and are germane for today’s Boy Scout or aspiring adventurer. Assembled from primary sources by the author’s granddaughter, this volume offers practical outdoor information, wilderness history and resilient philosophy. Hardcover; 38 full-page Diagrams, 25 additional sketches and artwork by Browne, 20 black & white photographs, 41,500 words; 10.5” x 13.75”; 155 pages; printed in USA.