SHIPMENT AND LIMITED STORAGE AND DEMOLITION
TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
Section I. SHIPMENT AND LIMITED STORAGE
49. PREPARATION OF EQUIPMENT FOR SHIP-
a. Fully lower the upper structure and secure
with hold-down straps (39, figure 7).
b. Inspect all hardware and pivot pins and make
sure they are secure.
50. LOADING EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPMENT.
The maintenance platform should be lifted with a
crane or suitable hoist or rolled up a ramp to the
bed of the carrier. Make sure it is blocked and tied
down to prevent movement on the carrier.
51. PREPARATION OF EQUIPMENT FOR STOR-
Make a complete inspection of the
maintenance platform, as outlined in paragraph 7.
Correct any deficiencies noted.
Lubricate the maintenance plat-
form in accordance with the lubrication chart (table
Paint all surfaces where the paint
film has been damaged.
52. INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF EQUIP-
MENT IN STORAGE.
a. inspection. Perform a monthly inspection
while the equipment is in storage and inspect for
evidence of physical damage, such as rusting,
pilferage, or leakage.
b. Maintenance. Every 30 days, service the
maintenance e platform and perform the necessary
maintenance prescribed in paragraph 25.
Section II. DEMOLITION OF MATERIAL TO PREVENT ENEMY USE.
When capture or abandonment of the maintenance
platform to an enemy is imminent, the responsible
unit commander must make the decision either to
destroy the platform or render it inoperative. Based
on this decision, orders are issued which cover
the desired extent of destruction. Whatever method
or demolition is employed, it is essential to destroy
the same vital parts of the platform and all cor-
responding repair parts.
54. DEMOLITION TO RENDER MAINTENANCE
Use sledge hammers or other heavy tools and de-
stroy the by-pass valve, hand pump,and hydraulic
55. DEMOLITION BY EXPLOSIVES OR WEAPONS
a. Demolition by Explosives. Place the charges
in the locations specified in figure 9 and detonate
them simultaneously with detonating cord and a
(1) One l/2-pound charge on the hand pump.
(2) One l/2-pound charge at the upper end of
the hydraulic cylinder.
b. Demolition by Weapons Fire. Fire on the
maintenance platform with the heaviest weapons
56. OTHER DEMOLITION METHODS.
a. Demolition by
Scattering and Concealment.
Remove all easily accessible vital parts such as
the by-pass valve, hand pump, and hydraulic cyl-
inder and scatter then through dense foliage, bury
them in dirt or sand, or throw them in a body of
b. Demolition by Submersion. Submerge the main-
tenance platform in
a body of water to provide
water damage and concealment. Salt water will do
greater damage to metal parts.