Lesson 3/Learning Event 1
DEGREE OF DAMAGE
Destruction should be such that the equipment and essential repair parts
cannot be restored to operation either by repair or cannibalization.
Classified equipment must be destroyed to prevent the enemy from gaining
knowledge about its operations and functions.
documents must also be destroyed to render them useless to the enemy.
METHODS OF DESTRUCTION
Detailed methods of destroying specific items are in applicable technical
publications. The following methods may be used singly, or in combination:
Fire--use of gasoline, kerosene,
flame-throwers, or thermal devices.
Weapons fire--any rifle, machine gun, antitank weapon, or other weapon
which may be accurately aimed.
Demolition--any military high explosive and fragmentation grenades.
Mechanical destruction--smashing, bending, cutting, or slashing using
sledges, hammers, axes, rocks, heavy wrenches and similar hand tools,
crowbars, cutting torches, and so forth.
Use of natural surroundings--submergence, burial, concealment,
scattering using shovels, spades, hoes, or other digging equipment.
Priority must always be given to the destruction of classified equipment and
associated documents. High priority is also given to destruction of weapons
and ammunition. When lack of time or means limits complete destruction of
equipment, priority is given to destruction of essential parts. These same
parts are to be destroyed on all like equipment.