Provision should be made for the systematic destruction of one's own motor
vehicles where it is necessary to keep them from falling into enemy hands in a
usable condition. The following data from a translated German directive are
illustrative of the thoroughness with which the enemy has approached this problem.
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a. Destruction (Limited Time Factor)
The following parts of the vehicles are to be destroyed: carburetor,
distributor, fuel pump (einspritzpumpe), coil.
The following tools may be used: hammer, hatchet, pickax and hand grenade.
The hand grenade is especially effective. It should be placed between the
carburetor or distributor and the cylinder block, or in such a way that it touches
the engine mounting on the side.
b. Destruction (Ample Time Factor)
The magneto, generator, starter and tires should be destroyed. After
these parts have been destroyed, fuel should be poured over the vehicle and then
set on fire.
c. Destruction of the Prime Mover
Demolition charges should be placed on both sides between the drive and
the front wheel if one intends to destroy the prime mover. The explosive must
be touching the two axle stays. Clamping with wood or stones increases the
effect. The charge must be exploded by a detonator (with delayed fuze lasting
25 seconds). For that purpose the following explosives and detonators are to be
carried on every prime mover truck; demolition charges (6 1/2 lb each) and
detonators (25) packed in a tin box in the detonator bag.
In the theater of operations these destructive loads can be drawn at the
engineer equipment depot of the Army. Units from home which are transferred to
the front, make their requisitions at the appropriate Air Force (Landing Zone)
group. Explosives and means of detonation will be stored and carried separately.
Ordnance officers, ordnance and depot officials and ordnance sergeants are to instruct
the men in handling these explosive materials. All drivers in the theater of
operations are to be well instructed in this matter.