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eral, a salvaged item is not evacuated any further to the rear than is absolutely necessary. Salvaged articles are put into serviceable condition as soon as possible and as close to the front as practicable. Re- pairs are made on the spot to the maximum extent. All means must be employed to recover vehicles and other materiel, both our own and those of the enemy, which are serviceable or can be made serviceable within the combat zone before the fluctuation of battle permits the enemy to recover or destroy them. Usable stocks of all types of supplies which are dis- covered must be safeguarded and higher authority immediately notified of the general type, amount, and location of such supplies. Unit commanders are responsible that transportation returning from the front is fully used for salvage. They must see that no abandoned property is left behind. Arms and equipment accompanying the sick and wounded are collected by the salvage authorities at medical es- tablishments. Salvage collecting points in locations favorable for transportation by empty vehicles mov- ing to the rear are designated in administrative or- ders.

33. REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT OF EQUIP- MENT. a. Light weight ordnance equipment. When the tactical situation permits, small arms, automatic weapons, and other light weight ordnance equipment requiring repair or replacement, which cannot be effected locally, are sent without delay through or- ganization and unit supply echelons on vehicles which are proceeding to the rear for ammunition.

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