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NO. 26 - VARIOUS METHODS OF SECURING A PRISONER

All raiding parties should have among their equipment a small roll of adhesive tape, preferably of one or more inches in width, and a length of silk rope or cord, about a quarter of an inch in diameter and about five yards in length, for gagging and securing a prisoner whom they wish to leave unguarded.

To Gag a Prisoner.- Force a piece of cloth or a lump of turf into his mouth; then place two or more strips of adhesive tape, approximately four and a half inches in length, firmly over his mouth, taking care not to cover his nostrils.

Tying the Highwayman's Hitch.--This knot should be practised on' a pole or the back of a chair, until it can be done in the dark.

Self Defense From Behind

1. Holding the cord with a short end (about two feet), pass it behind the pole, with the short end to the left and the long to the right (Fig. 94).

2. Pass the long end, in a loop, up and over the pole and through the loop held in the left hand. Then pull down on the short end with the right hand (Fig. 95).

3. Pass the short end of the cord, in a loop, up and over the pole and through the loop held in the left hand, and form the knot shown in Fig. 96.

4. Holding the loop in the left hand, pull down on the long end of the cord, pass the left hand through the loop and then pull on both ends of the cord and tie two half-hitches to prevent slipping (Fig. 97).

NO. 26 - VARIOUS METHODS OF SECURING A PRISONER (cont.)

A - From the Handcuff Hold

1. Throw your prisoner to the ground on his stomach, tying his wrists together behind his back by means of the Highway man's Hitch, as in Fig. 98, and force his arms well up his back.

2. Pass the cord around his neck; then back and around his wrists again; then bend his legs backwards and tie his legs together, as in Fig. 99.

Note. - If your prisoner keeps still, he will not hurt himself, but should he attempt to struggle, he will most likely strangle himself.

NO. 26 - VARIOUS METHODS OF SECURING A PRISONER (cont.)

B -"The Grape Vine"

Select a tree, post, or lamp-post of about seven inches in diameter.

1. Make your prisoner climb on the tree as in Fig. 100.

2. Place his right leg around the front of the tree, with his foot to the left. Place his left leg over his right ankle, as in Fig. 101, and take his left foot back behind the tree.

3. Force him well down the pole until the weight of his body locks his left foot around the tree, as in Fig. 102.

NO. 26 - VARIOUS METHODS OF SECURING A PRISONER (cont.)

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Fig. 100 Fig. 101 Fig. 102

Note. - Even though you have left your prisoner's hands free, it will, if he has been forced well down the tree, be almost impossible for him to escape. Normally, the average man placed in this position would get cramp in one or both legs within ten to fifteen minutes, when it is not at all unlikely that he would throw himself backwards. This would kill him. Caution. - To release your prisoner: Two persons are necessary, one on either side. Take hold of his legs and lift him up the tree; then unlock his legs.

NO. 26. - VARIOUS METHODS OF SECURING A PRISONER (cont.)

A chair with an open back is preferable.

1. Force your prisoner to sit on the chair, pass one of his arms through the back and the other arm around it, and tie his wrists together by means of the Highwayman's Hitch

2. Tie the upper part of his arms to the chair, one on either side (Fig. 104).

3. Tie both feet to the chair - one on either side - with only the toes of his boots resting on the ground, as in Fig. 105.

4. Gag him, if necessary.

NO. 26 - VARIOUS METHODS OF SECURING A PRISONER (cont.) D - A Substitute for Handcuffs

The following method, whereby one man can effectively control two to six prisoners, may be found very useful. A police baton, night stick, or hunting crop, preferably fitted with a cord thong, as in Fig. 106, is all that is required.

1. Cut your prisoners' trouser-belts and/or suspenders, then thoroughly search them for concealed weapons.

2. Make them all put their right wrists through the loop of the thong, and twist the baton until the thong cuts well into their wrists (Fig. 107). Then march them off.

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