Figure 6-3.--Compensating by paces and right angles.
Figure 6-1.--Estimating distance and average angle of departure.
your dog tags. If you are not able to identify yourself as
a serviceman, you maybe treated as a spy, if captured.
You may also be refused assistance by escape
organizations or friendly locals.
Do not leave or throw away articles that, if found
would reveal your presence. Bury or otherwise dispose
of the effects of your campsite; otherwise, these effects
could give the enemy a clear picture of your direction
Practice supply economy. The same jacket or pair
of shoes may have to be used throughout the entire
evasion trip. This may cover hundreds of cross-country
miles during both winter and summer seasons. Build up
Figure 6-2.--Using a prominent landmark.
your food and water supplies and ration them carefully
so they last until you can reach an evasion objective or
replenish them or both.
select a prominent landmark ahead and behind your line
Use firearms only in an emergency, and keep them
of travel. On returning from your detour, walk until you
concealed at all times during your evasion unless a
are again "lined up" on the two landmarks; then follow
situation arises that requires a show of arms.
your original course. Another example for detouring is
by compensating by paces and right angles, as shown in
Avoid people as long as possible. However, if you
find that you can no longer hope to go ahead on your
own because of sickness, lack of food, or other
TRAVEL TIPS FOR EVASION
compelling reasons, then, and only then, should you
seek help from the local populace. Assistance may come
Be patient, cautious, and avoid overconfidence. An
from individual locals who are sympathetic to the Allied
enemy approach is no cause for panic. Normally, the
cause or from members of the underground who operate
chances of remaining unobserved are good.
escape lines for the purpose of returning evaders to
friendly forces. You must be wary when contacting
Conserve your strength by avoiding exhaustion.
locals regardless of what they claim to be. When you are
When you are compelled to remain in one place for an
fortunate enough to travel through an area where an
extended period, exercise moderately in order to keep
organized escape line exists, the chances are good that
a spotter will seek you out. Spotters for resistance or
Generally, avoid eating uncooked food or drinking
underground organizations are particularly alert when
unboiled water. Select a hiding place, cook the food, and
they have reason to believe that friendly forces are in
boil the water to be used en route to the next evasion
their area. But this also applies to the enemy police and
counterintelligence agents. Persons wearing civilian
Retain items of personal clothing and equipment
clothing in enemy-held territory are not necessarily
that can serve a usefull purpose during evasion. Keep
civilians; many enemy soldiers have been found
some item that identifies you as a serviceman, such as
disguised as civilians.