Infantry Drills

E-65: Size and Weight Considerations

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E-65. Infantry leaders must consider the size and weight of combat vehicles operating in units before conducting an operation. (See table E-1, page E-4.) Terrain supporting the movement of Infantry Soldiers may or may not support the movement of combat vehicles. Structures of particular concern are bridges, overpasses, and culverts. Structural failure could be deadly to the Soldiers in the vicinity. Many bridges in North America and Europe are marked with signs stating the load bearing capabilities of that structure. In other areas, Infantry Soldiers should rely on route reconnaissance overlays showing the carrying capabilities of the routes being used. In the absence of such information, Infantry leaders always should use the cautious approach and avoid suspect infrastructure.

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