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.
How to Read a Map (Topographical map reading basics)
MAP READING AND LAND NAVIGATION, U.S. Army, FM 3-25.26, FM 21-26, Military Manuals, Survival Ebooks
Not a smartphone compass app, but a real, no battery needed compass. There are two main types of magnetic compass: a lensatic compass and the baseplate compass also commonly known as an orienteering compass. To understand the benefit of some of these compass features, it would be good to quickly review some of the key terms involved with magnetic compasses and land navigation. For those without military experience, it should be known that the military has driven the need for accurate and complete maps since the beginning of human history. Maps intended for navigation have a rectangular grid superimposed on top for ease of use. These so called grid squares can be defined in a variety of ways.
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