Destruction of abandoned equipment

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luftschiff
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Destruction of abandoned equipment

Post by luftschiff » 24 Feb 2018 16:24

What was the procedure for destroying equipment that would need to be left behind? I can guess that tanks would have their ammunition cooked off, but what about Paks, trucks, radios, etc?

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Re: Destruction of abandoned equipment

Post by Hoover » 20 Jun 2018 17:03

There were manuals how to destroy vehicles and guns. Most of the larger guns had special charges to destroy the breeches. For destroying vehicles they had to empty the motor oil, putting sand in the tank and let the motor running until is struck.

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Re: Destruction of abandoned equipment

Post by SES » 21 Jun 2018 10:08

Hi,
In Denmark it was standard procedure for the WM to place a depth charge under radars and in bunkers. As late as in 1986 two of these were found in a V 174 at Skagen (the Skaw). They were so unstable that EOD did not dare touch them. Eventually they and the bunker were destroyed using 10.000 lbs of TNT.
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Re: Destruction of abandoned equipment

Post by LineDoggie » 22 Jun 2018 02:42

Hoover wrote:There were manuals how to destroy vehicles and guns. Most of the larger guns had special charges to destroy the breeches. For destroying vehicles they had to empty the motor oil, putting sand in the tank and let the motor running until is struck.
Manuals for US weapons in the 1940's also had a chapter on destruction to prevent enemy use. Seems a common thing like the hole in an SMLE receiver for breaking the firing pin tip
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