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weapon positions. In some situations, it may be ad- visable to create small battalion and regimental stock piles as ammunition reserves.

(2) In the absence of a specific directive, the quantity of ammunition to be placed in the regimen- tal sector is determined by the regimental comman- der based on his estimate of the situation. This esti- mate includes such factors as ammunition alloca- tions; probable time, type, location, and duration of combat; distance to ammunition supply points; and

transportation

available.

After

contact

is

made

with the enemy, replenishment of ammunition and within the companies will usually be made der cover of darkness.

to un-

c. When the position is being occupied out of con- tact with the enemy, ammunition train and other available cargo vehicles may be employed under regimental control to haul ammunition from the army ammunition supply point to the battle posi-

tion.

In executing this task, the regiment

the

minimum

number

of

available

vehicles

employs of large

capacity

rather

than

a

large

number

of

vehicles

of

small capacity, in in rear areas and point.

order to at the

reduce traffic congestion army ammunition supply

d. Usually, are delivered

loads of ammunition train vehicles

to

company

areas.

When

this

is

im-

practicable, weapon carriers plete delivery of ammunition

are employed to com- from the regimental

or battalion areas.

ammunition

supply

points

to

company

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