DEMOLITION, SHIPMENT, AND LIMITED STORAGE
Section I. DEMOLITION OF THE EQUIPMENT TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
b. Weapon's Fire. Fire on the welding machine with
the heaviest practical weapons available.
When capture or abandonment of the welding
machine to an enemy is imminent, the responsible unit
commander must make the decision either to destroy
72. Other Demolition Methods
the equipment or to render it inoperative. Based on this
a. Scattering and Concealment. Remove all easily
decision, orders are issued which cover the desired
accessible parts such as brushes, starter, electrode and
extent of destruction. Whatever method of demolition is
ground cables. Scatter them through dense foliage.
employed, it is essential to destroy the same vital parts
b. Burning. Pack rags, clothing, or canvas under,
of all welding machines and all corresponding repair
around and inside the welding machine. Saturate this
packing with gasoline, oil, or diesel fuel and ignite.
Totally submerge the welding
70. Demolition by Mechanical Means to Render the
machine in a body of water to provide water damage
and concealment. Salt water will damage metal parts
Use sledge hammers, crowbars, picks, axes, or other
more than fresh water.
heavy tools which may be available to destroy the
All operators should receive thorough training in the
c. All Controls and Instruments.
destruction of the welding machine. Refer to FM 5-25.
Simulated destruction, using all of the methods listed
above, should be included in the operator training
It must be emphasized in training that
demolition operations are usually necessitated by critical
charges (fig. 15) as the situation permits and detonate
situations when time available for carrying out
them simultaneously with a detonating cord and a
destruction is limited. For this reason it is necessary
that operators be thoroughly familiar with all methods of
destruction of equipment, and be able to carry out
demolition instructions without reference to this or any
(2) One 1/2-pound charge behind the control panel.
(3) One 1/2-pound charge below the electric motor.