T. O. 13C3.1-10
METHODS OF DESTRUCTION
Section I. DESCRIPTION AND ORDER OF
2-1. Self-Destruction Devices.
2-3. Explosive Demolition.
Self-destruction devices, which are normally
Destruction of equipment using explosive shell be
activated by a switch, are built-in assemblies that my
performed in an area free of personnel to prevent injury
partially or completely destroy item to which the devices
that could be caused by flying fragments.
are affixed. A self-destruction device is usually well
marked for identification. When installed, re self-
For information on the use of explosives to destroy
destruction devices should be activated nod allowed to
equipment, refer to FM 5-25, Explosives and Demolition.
function prior to using explosives or any other destruction
methods. This action will permit the devices to destroy
The placement of a demolition charge can mean the
the applicable equipment and prevent sensitive parts or
difference between accomplishing minor damage or
classified documentation from being blown into safe
complete destruction of equipment
areas where they might be recovered by an enemy.
Air delivery equipment can be destroyed by
mechanical means using suitable tools for hammering,
Exercise extreme care when using
prying, cutting, ripping, or slashing as specified in
equipment by fire, as these materials are
2-5. Natural Surroundings
Disposal or denial of equipment to an enemy my be
The destruction of equipment by use of fire is an 2-5.
accomplished through use of natural surroundings.
effective method of destroying low-melting-point metal
Accessible vital parts of assemblies may be removed
items and equipment made from textile materials.
sad scattered through dense foilage, buried in dirt or
However, mechanical destruction should be completed
sand, or thrown into a lake, stream, or other body of
first, whenever possible, before initiating destruction by
water. Total submersion of equipment in a body of water
fire. When items to be destroyed are made of metal,
will provide water damage as well as concealment. Salt
textile materials should be packed under tad around the
water will inflict extensive damage to air delivery
items, then soaked with a flammable petroleum product
and ignited. Proper concentration of equipment which is
suitable for burning will provide a hotter and more
Section II. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR AIR
DELIVERY EQUIPMENT DESTRUCTION
2-6. Airdrop Electronic Guidance Control Systems.
hammer or other similar tool or buried.
a. When the tactical situation and time permits, an
airdrop electronic guidance control system, which may
b. If the situation prohibits the destruction procedures
include a transmitter and receiver, will be destroyed by
as prescribed in paragraph above, then after the crystals
mechanical means and fire or disposed of by bury- ing.
and batteries are removed, *a -pound explosive charge
However, prior to initiating destruction methods, insure
shall be affixed to the back of each transmitter and
the crystals and batteries are removed from the
receiver, and equipment destructions will be completed
transmitting and receiving units and destroyed with a
by detonation of the charges.