Engineer soldier's handbook. Page: 4
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BASIC FIELD MANUAL
the safest way. Here are a few general safety rules. Do
not forget any of them.
a. Carry your tools properly. (See fig. 1.)
b. Do not lay sharp tools, such as axes, adzes, and peavies,
on the ground where they can be stepped on, fallen on, or
c. When swinging a tool, make sure all others are a safe
d. Make sure all tool heads are tight on their handles.
e. Do not get in the way of another soldier who is using
* 7. USE.-Tools are designed to do work with a minimum
of effort. The untrained man tires himself by forcing his
tools, gripping them too hard, or using an improper position.
The trained man is relaxed, lets his tools do most of the
work, and uses his mind, eyes, and hands to guide the
S8. ENGINEER TOOL SETS.-Each engineer organization is
equipped with the hand tools needed for accomplishing the
work usually assigned to it. For convenience in selecting
tools for a particular job, they are grouped into sets, such
as carpenter, blacksmith, pioneer, and demolition sets.
Learn to know the contents of the various squad and platoon
* 9. HAND TOOLS.-Most of the tools you use are hand
tools, the most important of which are discussed below.
These discussions are only a guide, however; they are
not a substitute for actual training and extensive practice.
Apply the things you read here at the first opportunity.
a. Ax (see fig. 2).-Before starting to swing the ax, make
sure that there is no interference in any direction. If there
are overhanging limbs or undergrowth in the way, clear them
out first. Make sure of a firm footing and see that no one
is dangerously close. In swinging the ax, be especially care-
ful to stand so that if the mark is missed, or if the ax glances
off, it will not strike you. (See figs. 3 and 4.) Keep your
eyes on thr, point to be struck. Never throw the ax or leave
it lying oni the ground; instead, drive it into a log or stump,
or put it in its box. Never use the ax to drive metal stakes.
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United States. War Department. Engineer soldier's handbook., book, June 2, 1943; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc28313/m1/10/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.