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1974 US Army Vietnam War Tactical Land Clearing 105p

1974 US Army Vietnam War Tactical Land Clearing 105p

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FM 5-144
By Order of the Secretary of the Army:
General, United States Army,Chief of Staff.
 Major General, United States Army,
The Adjutant General.
 Active Army, ARNG, USAR:
To be distributed in accordance with DA Form 12-
11A requirements for Engineer Construction and Construction-Support Units (Qty rqr
block no. 33).
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1991 0- 281-486 (43323)
Field Manual
No. 5-164
* FM 5-164
Washington, D. C.,
30 August 1974
FM 5-164
1-1. Purpose
The purpose of this manual is to provide com-
manders and their staffs with information and data
which can guide them in their conduct of tacticalclearing operations. It provides a consolidation of the latest information and guidance to personnel
responsible for planning land clearing operations andfor utilizing and supervising engineer units engaged
i n
such operations. Additionally, the manual
provides information about equipment and methods
used by civilian land clearing agencies that are alsoapplicable to military clearing operations.
1-2. Scope
This manual contains information on how to
evaluate clearing requirements, determine the
amount of effort required, select the most efficient
means to clear the vegetation, and support and
secure land clearing units. The necessity for sound
prior planning is emphasized throughout this
manual because it is a major lesson to be learned
from the clearing operations conducted up to now.
Good planning will insure that the specifications are
consistent with the purpose for clearing, which is
essential to avoid wasted effort resulting from
clearing too thoroughly in one area and notthoroughly enough in another. Clearing for
agricultural or forestry purposes specifically is not
included. However,
the potential civic action
benefits to be derived from a clearing project, such
as making more agricultural areas available and
providing felled vegetation for lumber, should
always be considered, due to the favorite social andeconomic impact on the local populace.
1-3. Application
In addition to information specifically pertinent totactical land clearing, this manual contains a varietyof data and information having application to land
clearing in general.These are included because
tactical land clearing operations can utilize most of 
the engineering considerations and techniques
discussed therein. At the same time, it should bekept in mind that tactical land clearing operationsare a distinctive, separate, and highly specializedtype of combat operation normally conducted by
combined arms groupings supported by TOE
engineer land clearing companies (or composite or
provisional engineer land clearing battalions) andother engineer units as may be appropriate. Land
clearing on a relatively small scale may be conducted
in mid-intensity or higher level warfare by any
engineer unit equipped with land clearing plows and
related equipment.
large-scale land
clearing operations in a counterinsurgency en-
vironment or in low-intensity warfare where enemyforces make extensive use of heavily forested areasfor their bases and operations will normally be ac-
complished with the support of specialized engineer
land clearing units as indicated above.
1-4. Changes
Users of this publication are encouraged to submit
recommended changes and comments to improve the
publication. Comments should be keyed to thespecific page, paragraph, and line of the text in
which the change is recommended. Reasons will be
provided for each comment to insure understanding
and complete evaluation. Comments should beprepared using DA Form 2028 (RecommendedChanges to Publications and Blank Forms) andforwarded direct to the Commandant, US Army
Engineer School, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060.

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