Richard Graves (RIP) wrote this book immediately after World War II. Graves had initiated and led the Australian Jungle Rescue Detachment, which had been assigned to the Far East United States Air Force. During his time in service, his detachment arrived out more than 300 rescue missions, most of which were in difficult enemy territory. They never failed a mission nor lost a man. Richard Graves realised that knowing the bush had helped to save lives, and in his own words described the importance of this, ' The practice of bushcraft shows many unexpected results. The five senses are sharpened and consequently the joy of being alive is greater. The individual's ability to adapt and improvise is developed to a remarkable degree. This in turn leads to greater self-confidence.'