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or may be run over cliffs. This done, more complete destruction may be effected by demolishing parts as described above, and then setting fire to the wreck- age. It may be possible to drive, push, or tow a vehi- cle onto a trash, rubbish, or brush heap, or to place combustible materials around the vehicle, and then to destroy it completely by fire. Destruction by fire may also be accomplished by placing the canvas cover under the vehicle, draining gasoline and oil from all the units thereon, and then setting fire to it. In other situations, the vehicle may be pushed into a body of water deep enough to submerge it completely.

(2) METHODS. The following methods of de- struction of motor vehicles are listed in the order of effectiveness:

(a) Method No. 1. Remove and empty portable fire extinguishers. Puncture the fuel tank. Place one 2-pound TNT charge on top of clutch housing and one on left side of engine as low as possible. In- sert tetryl nonelectrical caps with at least 5 feet of safety fuze in each charge. Ignite the fuze and take cover. Elapsed time: 4 to 5 minutes if charges are prepared beforehand and carried in the vehicle.

Note: If charges are prepared before- hand and carried in the vehicle, keep the caps and fuzes separatedfrom the charges until used.

(b) Method No. 2. Remove and empty the port- able fire extinguishers and puncture the fuel tank. Fire on the vehicle, using antitank or other artillery

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