Joe Kapitan


Wartime swells a small, gray-colored hunger
Outsiders can occur at any time
Their material is sturdy but not indestructible
None of this species are full of sweet pulp to alleviate thirst
Exception: an intense water can be extracted during dizzying flight operations
The enemy knows you need their water
It can be collected in the fall and winter
Don't follow streambeds, use fire instead
The smell of fire can be disguised, if fire is possible
Or keep a rock or club in your hands for a silent kill
The most efficient method
Her Majesty's reddish flesh splits longitudinally down the side
That part which surrounds the heart may be eaten raw
Or used to brew a glossy red protection
(Stem, seed pods and leaves only--do not eat the roots)
Symptoms: burning, swelling, salt-cramps, mirages
Tie your compass to your body
When possible, survey the terrain to be travelled
Don't overextend; set no crystalline goals
Distances and the contours of people are extremely hard to judge
Use your watch, use stick and shadow
Look for major landmarks like sweating skin
Move at night so they can hear you
Lay on a flat surface, rotate together to remove slight bitterness and boundaries
Prepare for shock
Depth of panic is very important to the evader
Go slow, take as much time as you need
If emotional, weak, or nauseated, lay on your belly with head positioned downhill          
Lay on the injured side to make breathing easier
This chart is intended for survival situations
Use it to line a depression hole until time has passed
Otherwise, destroy when no longer needed





[Note: this piece was written using only words and phrases appearing on Evasion Chart EVC NH-38C, 1st Edition, Defense Mapping Agency, October 1990. It was a survival map issued to USAF aircrews during the Gulf War.]

I was going through an old shoebox full of my Gulf War relics in the attic, and rediscovered an escape and evasion map issued to USAF combat aircrews in case of emergency. Spreading it out and studying it, I was amazed at the amount of information it contained. It was a map of the Persian Gulf region, of course, but it was so much more. The marginalia really fascinated me; it was packed with guidance on navigation, desert food and water sources, first aid, and other survival skills. The range of terms was rich, and since it contained so much advice on so many various topics, I wondered if the military would also consult it for other advice----advice for the lovelorn, perhaps.