orders of, or policy established by, the army commander. When
in the possession of ordnance maintenance personnel, destruc-
below as applicable.
and incendiary grenades which normally may not be authorized
items for the vehicle. The issue of these and related materials,
and the conditions under which destruction will be effected,
are command decisions in each case, according to the tactical
Of the several means of destruction, those most gen-
erally applicable are-
Mechanical-Requires axe, pick mattock, sledge, crowbar, or
Demolition-Requires suitable explosives or ammunition.
rifle grenades, and launchers using antitank
grenades may be used.
In general, destruction of essential parts, followed by burn-
ing, will usually be sufficient to render the materiel useless.
quires imagination and resourcefulness in the utilization of the
facilities at hand under the existing conditions. Time is usually
c. If destruction to prevent enemy use is resorted to, the
materiel must be so badly damaged that it cannot be restored
or cannibalization. Adequate destruction requires that all parts
essential to the operation of the materiel, including essential
spare parts, be destroyed or damaged beyond repair,
of all parts, priority is given to the destruction of those parts
most difficult to replace.
Equally important, the same essential
parts must be destroyed on all like materiel so that the enemy
cannot construct one complete unit from several damaged ones.
d. I f d e s t r u c t i o n i s d i r e c t e d , d u e c o n s i d e r a t i o n s h o u l d b e g i v e n
greatest obstruction to enemy movement and also pre-
vent hazard to friendly troops from fragments or