British experience in North Africa has shown that, before an advance is made, a plan
must be drawn up for the salvage or destruction of enemy munitions. If destruction
is decided upon, action should be completed as soon as possible after capture.
Engineer salvage units should be in possession of the following information before
an advance is started:
(1) Types and calibers of munitions to be salvaged;
(2) Munitions to be destroyed;
(3) Munitions required for examination.
In spite of the absence of a complete plan in one of the North African campaigns, it
is learned that 4,000 tons of bombs were destroyed by engineering units during the
course of a withdrawal. On one occasion 300 tons of high-explosive bombs, of
which 50 percent were 110 pounders, 40 percent 550 pounders,
and 10 percent 1,100 pounders, were collected
in 1 day into 2 groups, each of 4 dumps, from various parts
of an airdrome 1,000 yards in diameter, by 70 men using 8 trucks with tow-ropes. The
demolition charges were laid in 3 1/2 hours, and firing took three-quarters of an hour.