Infantry Drills

H-101: Tamping

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H-101. Whenever possible, explosives should be tamped or surrounded with materiel to focus the blast to increase effectiveness. Tamping materiels could be sandbags, rubble, desks, chairs, and even intravenous bags. For many exterior walls, tamping may be impossible due to enemy fire. An untamped charge requires approximately twice the explosive charge of a tamped charge to produce the same effect.

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