U.S. Army’s Guide to Rope, Knot Tying, and Rigging: FM 5-125

by Derrick James
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by Department of the Army

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U.S. Army’s Guide to Rope, Knot Tying, and Rigging is the quintessential book on how the U.S. Army trains and executes knot tying, rope use, and rigging. The book is filled with diagrams and charts to help the reader better understand how to tie various knots and lashings, use anchors, and learn the rigging techniques implemented in field and combat applications. Common equipment used in combination with ropes and chains (cribbing, skids, jacks, etc.) is also covered.

Chapters include:

  • Rope
  • Knots, Splices, Attachments, and Ladders
  • Hoists
  • Anchors and Guy Lines
  • Lifting and Moving Equipment
  • Scaffolds

There may be other books on knot tying and rope use, but nothing that covers how knots, ropes, and rigging are used in small and large-scale military applications by modern American soldiers.