O. 13 - SENTRY HOLD
successful execution of this method of attack on a sentry-presupposing
thorough mastery of every move - depends entirely on careful preparation.
First, the man selected to make the attack should be an expert at
stalking. The stalk or approach should be made during the hours
of dark or semi-dark, and the sentry should be kept under observation
long enough for the attacker to familiarize himself with the sentry's
movements and equipment.
Now let us assume that conditions are somewhat as follows:
- The sentry's rifle is slung or carried on his right shoulder.
- He is wearing a steel helmet covering the back of his neck
and his ears.
- He is wearing a respirator on the small of his back, projecting
as much as six inches (see Fig. 46).
- There are other sentries within shouting distance.
These conditions are not too favorable for the attacker, but are
what might have to be met, and training should be carried out under
conditions as near as possible to those which would be met in actual
Note. - The stalker should not be handicapped with any equipment,
other than a knife or a pistol. He should wear rubber or cloth shoes,
socks pulled well up over the trousers, cap-comforter well pulled
down, with the collar of his blouse turned up and his hands and
face camouflaged (See Fig. 47, page 43).
NO. 13 - SENTRY HOLD (cont.)
- Approach the sentry from behind to within three to four feet
and take up the position shown in Fig. 47. This will permit you
to make a lightning-like attack by springing on him.
- With the fingers and thumb of your left hand fully extended,
strike him across the throat with the inner edge
of your left forearm (i.e. with the forearm bone), and simultaneously
punch him with your clenched right hand in the small of his back
or on his respirator case (Fig. 48).
The effect of these blows, if applied as above, will render your
opponent unconscious or semi-conscious. Further, the blow on the
throat will cause your opponent to draw in his breath, making
it impossible for him to shout and give the alarm.
- The blows should be immediately followed with a very fast movement
of your right hand from the small of his back, over his right
shoulder, clapping it over his mouth and nose (Fig. 49). This
will prevent him from breathing or making a noise if the blow
on the throat was not effectively applied.
Very likely the blows on his throat and in the small of his back
will cause him to drop his rifle or will knock his helmet off his
head. Should this happen, do not attempt to prevent their falling
on the ground. Just keep still for about ten seconds, after which
it is unlikely that anyone having heardthenoise will come to investigate.
Retaining your hold around his neck with your left arm, drag him
Note. - The extraordinary effectiveness of this hold will be readily
understood if you have a friend apply it on you as above, being
careful to exert no more than one-twentieth of the required force.
NO. 14 - JAPANESE STRANGLE HOLD
- Aipproach your opponent from behind.
- Place your left arm around his neck, with your forearm bone
bearing on his "Adam's apple."
- Place the back of your right arm (above the elbow) on his right
shoulder and clasp your right biceps with your left hand.
- Place your right hand on the back of his head.
- Pull him backwards with your left forearm and press his head
forward with your right hand, and strangle him (Fig. 50).
Note. - Should your opponent attempt to seize you by the testicles:
(a) Keep your grip with both arms, straightening out the fingers
and thumbs of both hands. With the edge of your left hand in the
bend of your right arm, place the edge of your right hand just
below the base of the skull.
(b) Step back quickly, at the same time jolting his head forward
with the edge of your right hand, and dislocate his neck (Fig.
(c) If your opponent is a taller man than yourself, making it
difficult for you to reach his right shoulder with your right
arm, as in Fig. 50, bend him backwards by applying pressure on
his neck with your left arm. If necessary, punch him in the small
of the back, as shown in Fig. 48, page 43, and bring him down
to your own height.
NO. 15 - HANDCUFF HOLD
- You are facing your opponent. Make a dive at his right wrist,
seizing it with both hands, right above left, and jerk it violently
downwards, as in Fig. 53. This will pro-duce a considerable shock,
amounting almost to a knock-out blow on the left side of his head.
- Swing his arm up to the height of your shoulder, at the same
time twisting his arm towards you so as to force him off-balance
on to his left leg (Fig. 54).
- Keeping his arm at the height of your shoulder, pass quickly
underneath it by taking a pace forward with your right foot. (It
may be necessary for you to reduce your height to permit your
doing this; do so by bending your legs at the knees.) Turn inwards
towards your opponent, jerking his arm downwards, as in Fig. 55.
- Step to his back with your left foot, and, with a circular
upward motion, force his wrist well up his back. Retain the grip
with your left hand and seize his right elbow with your right
hand, forcing it well up his back. Then slide your left hand around
his wrist, bringing your thumb inside and finger over the back
of the hand, and bend his-wrist. Apply pressure with both hands
until your oppo--nent's right shoulder points to the ground (Fig.
Note A. - This is a very useful hold for marching your prisoner
a short distance only. For a longer march, a change to the Thumb
Hold (Fig. 45, page 39) is recommended.
Note B. - A method of tying up your prisoner is shown on page 83
(Figs. 98 and 99).
NO. 16 - BENT-ARM HOLD
Note. - Students are strongly recommended to specialize in mastering
- Your opponent has taken up a boxing stance, or raised his right
arm as if about to deliver a blow.
- Seize his right wrist with your left hand, bending his arm
at the elbow, towards him (Fig. 57). Continue the pressure on
his wrist until his arm is in the position shown in Fig. 58.
Note. - These movements must be one rapid and continuous motion.
Note that forcing your opponent's right forearm backwards places
him off-balance, making it almost impossible for him to attack
you with his left fist.
- Immediately step in with your right foot, placing your right
leg and hip close in to your opponent's thigh.
- Pass your right arm under the upper part of his right arm,
seizing his right wrist with your right hand above your left.
- Keeping a firm grip with both hands, force his right elbow
and arm against your chest, applying pressure by jerking his wrist
towards the ground. At the same time, force the forearm bone of
your right arm up and in to the back muscles of the upper part
of his right arm (Fig. 59).
- Should your opponent, when in this position, attempt to strike
you with his left hand: Straighten out the fingers and thumb of
your right hand, placing the edge of the hand over your left wrist,
and apply pressure by a sudden jerk upwards of your right forearm,
taking care to keep his elbow well in to your chest (Fig. 60).