DESTRUCTION OF EQUIPMENT

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SECTION VI
DESTRUCTION OF EQUIPMENT TO
PREVENT ENEMY USE
GENERAL
Destruction
321. Destruction of the equipment, when subject to capture or
abandonment in the combat zone, will be undertaken by the using
arm.
Degree of damage
322. (I) Methods of destruction should achieve such damage to
equipment and essential spare parts that it will not be
possible to restore the equipment to a usable condition in
the combat zone either by repair or by cannibalization.
(2) Classified equipment must be destroyed in such degree as
to prevent, whenever possible, duplication by, or revealing
means of operation or function to the enemy.
(3) Any classified documents, notes, instructions or other
written material pertaining to function, operation, maintenance
or employment, including drawings or parts lists,
must be destroyed in a manner to render them useless to
the enemy.
Priorities for destruction
323. (I) Priority must be given to the destruction of classified
equipment and associated documents.
(2) When lack of time and/or stores prevents complete
destruction of equipment, priority is to be given to the
destruction of essential parts, and the same parts are to
be destroyed on all like equipment.
(3) A guide to priorities for destruction of the vehicle and
radio equipment is shown overleaf.
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Equipment Priority Parts
Vehicle I Carburetter and distributor
2 Engine block and cooling system
3 Tyres and suspensions
4 Hydraulic system
5 Axle and suspensions
6 Body
Radio (when fitted) I Transmitter
2 Fteceiver
3 Ftemote control units
4 Power supply
5 Antennae
6 Tuning heads
Equipment installed in vehicles
324. Equipment installed in vehicles should be destroyed in
accordance with the priorities for the equipment itself, taking into
account the relative importance of the installed equipment and the
vehicle itself.
Spare parts
325. The same priority, for destruction of component parts of a
major item necessary to render the item inoperable, must be given
to the destruction of similar components in spare parts storage areas.
Authority
326. The authority for ordering the destruction of equipment is
vested in the divisional and higher commanders, who may delegate
authority to subordinate commanders when the situation requires.
Reporting
327. The reporting of the destruction of equipment is to be done
through command channels.
METHODS OF DESTRUCTION
328. The following information is for guidance only. Of the
several means of destruction, those most generally applicable are
as under.
Mechanical
329. This requires an axe, pick, crowbar or similar implement.
The vehicle and radio installation should be destroyed in accordance
with the priorities given in para. 323.
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Burning
330. This requires gasoline, oil or other flammables.
(1) Remove and empty the portable fire extinguishers.
(2) Smash all vital components such as carburetter, distributor,
spark plugs, lights, switches, instruments and control levers.
Destroy the radio equipment by smashing with a heavy
implement.
(3) Smash the engine block, engine cylinders, gearbox, transfer
box, axle and suspensions.
(4) Drain or puncture the fuel tank. If gasoline is not readily
available, collect the fuel for use as outlined in sub-para. (5).
(5) With all hatches and windows open to admit air for combustion,
pour gasoline and oil in and over the entire vehicle.
Ignite by means of an incendiary grenade fired from a safe
distance, by a burst from a flame thrower, by a combustible
train of suitable length, or other appropriate means. Take
cover immediately.
Warning: Cover must be taken without delay since an early
explosion of the fuel tank may be caused by the fire. Due
consideration should be given to the highly flammable nature
of gasoline and its vapour. Carelessness in its use’may result
in painful burns.
Gunfire
331. (1) Remove and empty the portable fire extinguishers.
(2) Smash all vital components such as carburetter, distributor,
spark plugs, light switches, instruments and control levers.
Destroy the radio equipment by smashing with a heavy
implement.
(3) Smash the engine block, engine cylinders, gearbox,
transfer box, axle and suspensions.
(4) Drain or puncture the fuel tank.
(5) Destroy the vehicle by gunfire, using adjacent gun tanks,
self propelled guns, artillery, rifles, using rifle grenades or
launchers, using anti-tank rockets. Fire on the vehicle,
aiming at the road wheels, engine compartment and transmission.
Although one well-placed direct hit may render
the vehicle temporarily useless, s-everal hits are usually
required for complete destruction unless an intense fire is
started, in which case the vehicle may be considered
destroyed.
Warning: Firing artillery at ranges of 500 yards or less
should be from cover. Firing rifle grenades or anti-tank
rockets should also be from cover.
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332. In general, destruction of essential parts, followed by burning,
will usually be sufficient to render the vehicle, armament, and
equipment useless. However, selection of the particular method of
destruction requires imagination and resourcefulness in the utilization
of the facilities at hand under the existing conditions. Time is
usually critical.
333. If destruction is ordered, due consideration should be given
to:
(I) Selection of a point of destruction that will cause greatest
obstruction to enemy movement and also prevent hazard to
friendly troops from fragments or ricocheting projectiles
which may occur incidental to the destruction by gunfire.
(2) Observance of appropriate safety precautions.
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