(3)Mark the tester "Administrative
once each month to detect corrosion and
Storage" (by use of tags or other
rust. When corrosion and rust are found,
convenient method). Testers so
corrective action must be taken immed-
marked must not be operated while
iately. A record of these inspections must
in this category.
be maintained for each tester in adminis-
c. Inspection in Administrative Storage.
trative storage. The records must be
Visual inspection of the tester in adminis-
attached to the tester in such a manner as
tiative storage must be conducted at least
to protect them from the elements.
Section lI. DEMOLITION OF MATERIEL TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
damaged that it cannot be restored to a
usable condition in the combat zone either
a. Destruction of the tester, when sub-
by repair or cannibalization. Adequate de-
ject to capture or abandonment in the
struction requires that all parts essential
combat zone, will be undertaken by the
to the operation of the materiel, be de-
using army only when, in the judgment of
stroyed or damaged beyond repair. How-
the unit commander concerned, such action
ever, when lack of time and personnel
is necessary in accordance with orders of,
prevents destruction of all parts, priority
or policy established by, the army com-
is given to the destruction of those parts
mander. When in the hands of maintenance
most difficult to replace. Equally impor-
personnel or in storage, destruction will be
tant, the same essential parts must be
in accordance with FM 9-5 and the in-
destroyed on like materiel, so that the
formation below, when applicable.
enemy cannot construct one complete unit
b. The information which follows is for
from several damaged ones.
guidance only. Certain phases of the pro-
d. If destruction by demolition or gunfire
cedures outlined required the use of ex-
is directed, due consideration should be
plosives and incendiary grenades which
given to the observance of appropriate
normally may not be authorized items of
issue to the using organization. The issue
of these and related materials and the
73. Destruction of the Tester
conditions under which destruction will be
effected are command decisions in each
a. Method No. 1 - Destruction by Me-
case, according to the tactical situation.
(1) Disconnect the tester from its
Of the several means of destruction, those
most generally applicable are:
(2) Using an axe, pick mattox, sledge,
Mechanical - Requires axe, pick mattock,
sledge, crowbar, or simi-
or any other heavy implement, de-
stroy the tester by smashing the
- Requires gasoline, oil, in-
meters, controls, and case.
cendiary grenades, or
(3) Destroy the cables and vacuum
hose by cutting them into short
welding or cutting torch.
In general, destruction of essential parts,
(4) Smash the work lamp, vacuum
followed by burning, will usually be suf-
adapters, and collets. Elapsed time
ficient to render the materiel useless.
about 2 minutes.
However, selection of the particular
b. Method No. 2- Destruction by Burn-
method of destruction requires imagina-
tion and resourcefulness in the utilization
(1) Using a welding or cutting torch,
of the facilities at hand under the existing
burn through the case and control
condition. Time is critical.
panel and into the electrical de-
c. If destruction to prevent enemy use is
vices. Burn and fuse the meter
resorted to, the materiel must be so badly