METHODS OF DESTRUCTION
This chapter contains a brief de-
demolitions to destroy equipment. Unit training may also
scription of the methods used to destroy chemical
include demonstrations on how to build fires and use
weapons, defense equipment, parts, and supplies in the
incendiary grenades to burn equipment. All demonstra-
field. Methods that can be used are mechanical means,
tions in use of demolitions and incendiary grenades
demolition, fire, gunfire, improper operation, and use of
must be conducted in accordance with the policies and
natural surroundings. These methods may be used
procedures prescribed in AR 385-63. The training pro-
singly or in combination. In general, mechanical de-
gram must emphasize that time will be critical when
struction, followed by demolition (use of explosives) or
equipment must be destroyed to prevent enemy use.
fire (burning with intense heat), will usually render
Upon completion of training, operators, users, and
equipment useless to the enemy. The methods used in
maintenance specialists should be thoroughly familiar
a given situation will depend upon the time, equipment,
with each step in the appropriate method for destroying
and personnel available.
equipment and supplies.
The procedures given are for gui-
2-5. Safety Precautions.
dance only. The method selected must be realistic de-
pending on the time and means available. The tactical
situation, security classification, technical capabilities of
personnel, and the quantity and location of equipment
DEATH or severe wounds or burns may
must also be considered. The availability of the equip-
result if personnel fail to observe safety
ment required for each method may alter the application
precautions. To prevent injury to person-
of a particular method and cause a different method to
nel using dangerous procedures to de-
stroy equipment, observe all warnings
concerning demolitions, radioactive
If time permits, boobytraps
materials, high pressures, dangerous
can be placed in debris after destruction of equipment is
chemicals, flying fragments, flammables,
complete. See FM 5-31 for the techniques.
incendiaries, and safe distances.
Training does not involve the actual
a. The unit commander will enforce all established
destruction of any materiel, but it does involve the
destruction safety precautions.
simulated breaking of vital parts; the placing of dummy
b. At least two persons will be assigned to perform
charges; the placing of dummy or inert incendiary gre-
any destruction procedures. No persons other than the
nades; and the selection of suitable sites for destroying
number required for safety and efficiency of destruction
equipment to block the advance of the enemy. Person-
operations will be permitted in the area. Evacuate all
nel selected to perform demolition of equipment by
other personnel from the immediate area prior to de-
explosives must have received appropriate demolitions
stroying equipment by mechanical means, demolition,
specialist training and be thoroughly familiar with
fire, gunfire or improper operation.
applicable provisions of AR 385-63, FM 5-25, and
c. Know and observe all warnings when performing
TM 9-1375-213-12. They may then conduct demon-
strations showing unit personnel the techniques of using
Section II. DESTRUCTION BY MECHANICAL MEANS
2-6. Mechanical Means.
ripping, crushing, or breaking critical components of
equipment so that it cannot be used.
a. Destruction by mechanical means consists of
smashing, hammering, cutting, chopping, puncturing,