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(2) When destruction is ordered, it must be ac- complished with complete disregard for possible salvage by our own forces. Some factors which af- fect the thoroughness and completeness of destruc- tion are:

(a) Personnel, materials, and equipment avail- able.

(b) Number of vehicles, or amount of other equip- ment, to be destroyed.

  • (c)

    Time available in which to effect destruction.

  • (d)

    Time at which destruction will take place.

  • (e)

    Presence of terrain features which may aid

destruction.

(f) Existence of vital information which might be disclosed to the enemy by failure to effect com- plete destruction of certain items.

(3) Destruction should be accomplished so far as the tactical situation will permit, as systematically as any other military operation. Specific means of destruction should be provided, since last minute improvisations are likely to prove ineffective. The working principles to be followed are:

(a) Methods for the destruction of materiel sub- ject to capture or abandonment in the combat zone must be adequate, uniform, and easily followed in the field.

(b) Destruction must be as complete as the avail- able time, equipment, and personnel will permit. If thorough destruction of all parts cannot be com-

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