and rust. When corrosion and rust are
convenient method). Testers so
marked must not be operated while
found, corrective action must be taken
immediately. A record of these inspections
in this category.
must be maintained for each tester in ad-
c. Inspection in Administrative Storage.
m i n i s t r a t i v e storage. The records must
Visual inspection of the tester in admin-
be attached to the tester in such a manner
i s t r a t i v e storage must be conducted at
as to protect them from the elements.
least once each month to detect corrosion
Section Il. DEMOLITION OF MATERIEL TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
badly damaged that it cannot be restored
to a usable condition in the combat zone
a. Destruction of the tester, when sub-
either by repair or cannibalization. Ade-
ject to capture or abandonment in the com-
quate destruction requires that all parts
bat zone, will be undertaken by the using
essential to the operation of the materiel
army only when, in the judgment of the
be destroyed or damaged beyond repair.
unit commander concerned, such action is
However, when lack of time and personnel
necessary in accordance with order of, or
prevents destruction of all parts, priority
p o 1 i c y established by, the army com-
is given to the destruction of those parts
mander. When in the hands of ordnance
most difficult to replace. Equally impor-
maintenance personnel or in storage, de-
tant, the same essential parts must be de-
struction will be in accordance with FM
stroyed on all like materiel, so that the
9-5 and the information below, when ap-
enemy cannot construct one complete unit
from several damaged ones.
b. The information which follows is for
d. If destruction by demolition or gun-
guidance only. Certain phases of the pro-
fire is directed, due consideration should
cedures outlined require the use of ex-
be given to the observance of appropriate
plosives and incendiary grenades which
normally may not be authorized items of
issue to the using organization. The issue
72. Destruction of the Tester
of these and related materials and the con-
ditions under which destruction will be
a. Method No. 1 -- Destruction by Me-
effected are command decisions in each
case, according to the tactical situation.
(1) D i s c o n n e c t the tester from its
Of the several means of destruction, those
(2) Using an axe, pick mattox, sledge,
most generally applicable are:
or any other heavy implement, de-
Mechanical - Requires axe, pick mat-
stroy the tester by smashing the
tock, sledge, crowbar,
meters, controls, and case.
o r similar implement.
(3) D e s t r o y the cables and vacuum
- Requires gasoline, oil,
hose by cutting them into short
incendiary grenades, or
(4) Smash the work lamp, vacuum
welding or cutting torch.
a d a p t e r s , and other equipment.
In general, destruction of essential parts,
Elapsed time: about 2 minutes.
followed by burning, will usually be suffi-
cient to render the materiel useless. How-
b. Method No. 2 Destruction by Burn-
ever, selection of the particular method
(1) Using a welding or cutting torch,
of destruction requires imagination and
burn through the case and control
resourcefulness in the utilization of the
facilities at hand under the existing con-
panel and into the electrical de-
dition, Time is critical.
v i c e s . Burn and fuse the meter
c. If destruction to prevent enemy use
(2) In absence of a welding or cutting
is resorted to, the materiel must be so