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civilian population is normally handled by the American
National Red Cross. Military police undertake civilian re-
lief work when instructed to do so by the commanding
general of the appropriate service command. For details,
see AR 500-60.
c. In cases of public disaster in occupied territory, mili-
tary police supplement the activities of relief organizations
to whatever extent necessary, in accordance with the instruc-
tions of the theater commander or military governor. (See
fig. 23.) Where food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and
medical treatment must be provided, existing civilian sup-
plies and equipment are utilized to the fullest possible
Section IV. ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS IN
THEATERS OF OPERATIONS
64. GENERAL. a. The technique and general purpose
of controlling members of the armed forces in towns in the
theater of operations are much the same as in the zone of
the interior. Additional problems in the theater of opera-
tions may include differences in language, customs, and
standard of living between the native population and mem-
bers of the armed forces, the absence of adequate assistance
from local police, the presence of troops of allied nations,
the probability of enemy attack, the more vigorous emo-
tional outlets of troops in the theater of operations, and the
necessity in certain areas of controlling the native popula-
tion as well as service personnel.
b. In the theater of operations, military police can and
must be of even more aid and service to the troops than in
the zone of the interior. They should become as familiar
as possible with the language, customs, and rates of ex-
change, and know the locations of places of interest, im-
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