For all those unlucky enough not to have experienced the joys of military vehicle recovery. Usually in the cold, wet, at night, you tired out, with either an insane NCO or equally useless officer screaming at you to hurry up. FM 20-22 is a source of useful information on the subject and I would suggest you at least have a read to get some basic ideas.
Most ‘old school’ mil drivers I know have done a field recovery course.
(Doesn’t the mud soften the skin guys?)
Anyway, you other folk will be able to ignore the section on tanks but hey, in a perfect world, wouldn’t we all like to park in a supermarket car park driving one?
Field expedient “get yourself out of the mire” or “get you going” engineering might seem a little bit of a waste of time YET is it?
Ever been stuck in a ditch, or up to your axles in mud, had a flat tire and no jack? Hows about dealing with a ruptured fuel tank or hydraulic line, let alone that tired churning noise as your battery “fades to gray” and you need to jump start a car.
Think about it.
That’s why I always carry a basic tool and wreaking kit, rope, a snatch block or two, and a shovel on top of the basic jack and wheel brace, jump leads, oil, hydraulic fluid, fuses, etc.
After all you’ll never get the AAA (UK version the AA) to recover you after TEOTWAWKI. Hell they don’t do a very good job now!