DEMOLITION OF WELDING MACHINE TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
charges (fig. 24) as the situation permits and detonate
When capture or abandonment of the welding
them simultaneously with a detonating cord and a
machine to an enemy is imminent, the responsible unit
commander must make the decision either to destroy
the equipment or to render it inoperative. Based on this
b. Weapons Fire. Fire on the welding machine
decision, orders are issued which cover the desired
with the heaviest practical weapons available.
extent of destruction. Whatever method of demolition is
employed, it is essential to destroy the same vital parts
61. Other Demolition Methods
of all welding machines and all corresponding repair
a. Scattering and Concealment. Remove all easily
accessible parts such as the fuel injector pump, fuel and
oil lines, starter and solenoid, and battery-charging
59. Demolition to Render the Welding
generator. Scatter them through dense foliage, bury
them in dirt or sand, or throw them in a lake, stream, or
a. Demolition by Mechanical Means. Use sledge
other body of water.
hammers, crowbars, picks, axes, or other heavy tools
b. Burning. Pack' rags, clothing, or canvas under
which may be available to destroy the following:
and around the unit. Saturate the packing with gasoline,
oil, or diesel fuel and ignite.
(2) All fuel and oil lines.
Totally submerge the welding
machine in a body of water to provide water damage
and concealment. Salt water will do greater damage to
metal part. than fresh water.
The above steps are minimum
requirements for this method.
All operators should receive thorough training in
(5) All controls and instruments.
the destruction of the welding machine. Refer to FM 5-
b. Demolition by -Misuse. Perform the following
25. Simulated destruction, using all of the methods
steps to render the welding machine inoperative:
listed above, should be included in the operator training
It must be emphasized in training that
Pour sand, gravel, nuts, bolts, and screws into the
demolition operations are usually necessitated by critical
radiator, oil filler pipe, fuel tank, and other openings.
situations when time available for carrying out
(2) Remove the belts and block the
destruction is limited. For this
emergency operations switches in the run position.
Operate the engine until failure occurs.