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Section II. MOVEMENT OF TROOPS
39. METHODS OF TRANSPORTATION. Troops
may be moved to the scene of the disturbance by rail, motor,
air, or water transport, or by marching. In determining by
what methods troops should be moved, consideration should
be given to the distance, availability of transportation facili-
ties, and the imminence of the danger. Air coverage may be
desirable during the movement of troops by any method.
40. MOVEMENT BY RAIL. a. If troops travel by rail,
special trains should be provided so as to avoid subjecting
civilian passengers to harm from retaliatory measures that
might be taken against the troops.
b. If there is danger of interference with the troops at the
entraining point, guards should be so posted as to keep all
unauthorized persons from the vicinity. It may be advisable
to move the train to the edge of a city or town and entrain
there. After entering the cars, details should be posted so as
to cover with fire the approaches to the train.
c. Railroad trains should be run at reduced speed over
such portions of the track where interruptions may be ex-
pected. If there is reason to suspect that an explosive has
been placed along the track, it may be advisable to push
several flat cars ahead of the engine. The commanding
officer of the troops may assume control of the train when
the military situation demands that he do so, but until the
necessity for doing so arises he should leave its operation
to its crew.
d. Upon reaching the vicinity of the disturbances, it will
be necessary to proceed still more cautiously. It may be
a.dvisable to detrain on the outskirts of a city and march the
remaining distance. Detrainment, however, should be as near
the bivouac area as practicable, to reduce to a minimum the
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