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Bangalore Torpedos
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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters 25th Infantry Division
APO San Francisco 96225

AVDCOP-0

SUBJECT:     Use of Bangalore Torpedoes

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1.     (U)     Recent experience of the 6-31 Inf using Bangalore torpedoes to destroy booby traps has indicated that Bangalore torpedoes are effective.

2.     (C)     Two methods of using Bangalore torpedoes are recommended:

     a.     When searching a heavily booby trapped area with a clearly defined boundary, bangalore torpedoes may be used to cut cleared lanes 1-3 feet wide which “crosshatch” the area.  A “crosshatched” area would have, as an example, cleared lanes running N-S and cleared lanes running E-W.

     b.     When searching a heavily booby trapped area that does not have a clearly defined boundary, Bangalore torpedoes may be used to cut random cleared lanes into the area.

3.     (U)     Bangalore torpedoes emplaced on the ground will destroy booby traps with pressure and wire detonating devices along a lane 1-3 feet wide.  However, caution must be exercised to search above ground level for booby traps emplaced in trees and bushes.  Bangalore torpedoes also should not be emplaced beyond visual range, which in dense vegetation might easily be 5-10 feet (2 joints of torpedoes).  This will aid in preventing detonation by striking a trip wire or other detonation device out of visual range.

FOR THE COMMANDER:

                                        s/ Luther E. Milspaw
                                        t/LUTHER E. MILSPAW
                                          1LT, AGC
                                           Asst AG
DISTRIBUTION:
B

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CARTER MORLEY
MAJ, INF
Division Historian