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March 28, 2014

Early 20th Century pioneering - Manual of Military Engineering

In Scouting For Boys, B-P refers to the Imperial War Office's 1905 Manual of Military Engineering for more information on Pioneering. 106 years later, that same manual is freely available online, and while some chapters are not really relevant to pioneering (eg. table of charges for hasty demolition of walls), there are some great resources, including some camp cooking techniques.
From knots, to lashings, anchorages, bridges and rafts, this book covers a wide range of pioneering projects, and shows how B-P's military experience influenced the sort of activities he chose for Scouting.
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