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Tactical Tracking Operations: The Essential Guide for Military and Police Trackers

Tactical Tracking Operations: The Essential Guide for Military and Police Trackers
Autor: David Scott-Donelan
Data publikacji: 1998-01
ISBN: 9781581600032
Wydawca: Paladin Press
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 280 x 216 mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 184
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This manual is packed with practical lessons, on-the-ground tricks, training drills and equipment suggestions for the solo tracker on up to a multi-agency tracking operation. Learn from a 30-year veteran how to find and follow tracks through any terrain; assess the age of tracks; relocate the trail after it's gone missing; foil every effort to throw off your pursuit; coordinate a four-man team while tracking armed fugitives; set up and run large tracking operations, use the latest high-tech gear to find fugitives and more.


Appropriately DSD with his extensive battle-hardened military background in Special Warfare and specifically his knowledge of combat/tactical tracking (C/TT) re-introduced this forgotten and misunderstood subject back into the American mainstream. This revitalization was the first time C/TT has been emphasized since the end of Vietnam with the deactivation of the U.S. Army visual tracker and tracker dog teams and without DSD C/TT would have remained a lost art and science in the American military psyche. Since the mid-1980's DSD has not stopped promoting C/TT as a viable military tactic to find, fix, and finish enemy combatants and has trained thousands in this skill-set. C/TT methods, tactics, techniques, and procedures have proven successful in low-intensity conflicts and counter-insurgency operations over and over historically around the globe from Malaya, Kenya, Vietnam and Israel to Rhodesia, South Africa and now proven highly effective again in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What does this have to do with the book, well DSD was not only the first to re-introduce this skill to Americans, but also to teach and publish these tracking methods in America that have been employed in every conflict since being re-introduced. These methods taught were originally adaptations of the Rhodesian methods modified into what is now considered the Modern Combat Tracking method pioneered by DSD.

The book itself is meant to be a "guide" and not complete treatise on the subject. It would take numerous volumes to cover every possible tracking scenario for every terrain, climate and associated season for just aging and/or micro/macro tracking information. This would be true for the publishing of any tracking book. However, this book lays down the "essential" fundamentals very accurately and concisely. That once read a few times and dedicating yourself to some "dirt time" you could become competent in the methods in short period of time. The Lost Spoor Procedures (LSP) detailed are one of the highlights of the book; due to the aggressive pursuit techniques of bounding and cutting-off trails the trackers have to be apt at rapidly requiring the spoor to continue the pursuit and close that time and distance gap. This is one of the major subjects that make C/TT so different from other methods of tracking like the step-by-step method. Also the sections/chapters on Team Tracking, Command & Control (C2) and Counter Tracking cover information currently not available in other books with the detail presented here. This is the information that separates the "tracker" from C/TT. Now it would not be fair without disclosing some faults with the book. This book was originally published in 1998 and the chapters on "High Tech Help for Tracking Teams" and "Weapons and Equipment" are both today very outdated. Both chapters need to revised and/or deleted in future editions. However, I feel that the limited page count devoted to both of these chapters do not distract for the overall quality of this book.

Today DSD is the founder/father of the Modern Combat Tracking method that has been adopted by the USMC and the U.S Army, and has been being used by Special Forces since the late 1980's, this has only added to the creditability and validity of the methods discussed and taught in his book. Today there is only one place to learn this form of tracking from the DSD himself and that is at the "David Scott-Donelan Tracking School" in Tombstone Arizona. I am very passionate about what DSD has done for military tracking in America because as Special Operations Forces operator with 23-years of active service and multiple trips overseas were I personally employed the methods taught to me by DSD in combat tracking have proved operationally invaluable. I can say without question that his training has saved my life on a couple occasions and has accounted for scores of dead and captured insurgents on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Finally, this book is not for everyone, it is not about tracking animals or trailing lost children but is about hunting armed and deadly humans. C/TT is a holistic subject of various military/police topics that fills a large portion of the book that maybe irrelevant to other trackers. However, with that said there is still relevant information for all trackers to be found in this book. Just understand what you are purchasing.

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