TM 55-8115-203-23 & P
1-5. Reporting of Errors. See Table of Contents.
1-6. Destruction of Army Material to Prevent Enemy Use.
General. Destroy the container and repair parts so that it will be impossible to repair the container while in the
combat zone or use any of its parts for repair of other equipment.
Authorization. The authority for ordering the destruction of equipment belongs to the divisional and higher
commanders, who may delegate authority when necessary.
Methods of Destruction. Destroy equipment by one of the following methods.
Mechanical Destruction. Use an ax, pick, mattock, sledge, or any other heavy tool to damage hinges and
Fire. Use fire to destroy equipment when fuel and flammable materials are available. Pile the equipment
together to produce a hotter, more destructive fire. Fires should be lit after mechanical destruction has
been accomplished. Fires can be built to produce more heat or more smoke. For destruction, heat is
desired but smoke may be useful.
(3) Demolition. Attach a 1/2 pound (226.80g) charge to the roof and a 1/2 pound (226.80g) charge to the floor
Natural Surroundings. Natural surroundings shall be used as described below.
Hide equipment and repair parts underwater (lakes, ponds, bogs, swamps, etc.), underground, or in
Scatter equipment and repair parts, preferably into heavy underbrush, to delay use by the enemy. If
the area is recaptured, recover the hidden items.
1-7. Reporting Equipment Improvement Recommendation (EIR). EIR's will be prepared on Standard Form SF368,
Quality Deficiency Report. Instruction for preparing EIR's are provided in DA PAM 738-750, The Army Maintenance
Management System. EIR's should be mailed directly to Commander, Headquarters, U.S. Army Troop Support
Command, ATTN: AMSTR-QX, 4300 Goodfellow Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63120-1798. A reply will be furnished directly to
Section II. DESCRIPTION AND DATA
1-8. Description. The cargo containers (fig. 1-1) are standard sized 20 foot by eight foot by eight foot-six inch steel
units. Each container has a capacity of 20 tons (18.2 metric tons) each.