Civil Disturbances (1975)

13 Sep

Scenes from a US Army training manual, 1975, found in an army surplus store, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

And here, thanks to eagle-eyed Boing Boing readers, is the whole thing as a PDF (3.5MB), another version from 1945, and an updated version from 2005 (PDF). Thanks guys!



It’s all come-alongs and butt-stroking, until someone actually gets shot…

8 Responses to “Civil Disturbances (1975)”

  1. Ross September 15, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    Interesting, but not my brand of eroticism.

  2. Dave September 16, 2012 at 2:42 am #

    Could you please scan the whole document? Very much of interest to Occupy folk in general. Thank you! -d.

  3. SACD September 16, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    Occasionally, for some reason, “they” still teach the ‘hammerlock come-along’ (Figs. 36-7 ).

    It’s absurd, and dangerous, for myriad reasons, the most obvious being almost no cop and/or detainee can walk like than (on even a flat surface) for more than a few feet without tripping (try it in a parking lot if you want a fun challenge). 

    And, of course, it looks kinda….

  4. Matthew Strauss September 16, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    Could you produce a pdf at some point please? Thanks!

  5. MrJM September 18, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    More please.

    — MrJM

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