DEMOLITION OF THEODOLITE TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
set fire to the pile. Be sure the burning is thorough and
complete before leaving.
When capture or abandonment of the theodolite to
an enemy is imminent, the responsible unit commander
c. Demolition by Submersion.
must make the decision either to destroy the equipment
theodolite from the carrying case.
or to render it inoperative. Based on this decision,
instrument and all of its accessories in a body of water
orders are issued which cover the desired extent of
to insure water damage and provide concealment. Salt
Whatever method of demolition is
water will do the greatest damage to the metal parts.
employed, it is essential to destroy the same vital parts
of all theodolites and all corresponding repair parts.
All operators should receive thorough training in the
Demolition To Render the Theodolite
destruction of the theodolite. Simulated destruction,
using all of the methods listed above, should be
a. Demolition by Mechanical Means. Using a
included in the operator training program. It must be
hammer, bar, or other suitable tool, break all lenses,
emphasized in training that demolition operations are
level vials, telescope, microscope, U-standard, tripod
usually necessitated by critical situations when time
base, ground plate, and metal hood. Destroy the tripod,
available for carrying out destruction is limited. For this
battery box, and accessory case. Rip the field pack
reason, it is necessary that operators be thoroughly
familiar with all methods of destruction of equipment,
and be able to carry out demolition instructions without
b. Demolition by Burning. Pack oil-soaked rags,
reference to this or any other manual.
canvas, or other flammable material around the
theodolite, leveling base, ground plate, metal hood,
tripod, battery box, field pack, and accessory case and
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