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squad is assembled, the squad leader takes his place in front
of his squad. The platoon leader and platoon sergeant place
themselves at the head of the platoon.
50. THE COMPANY. Company formations are combi-
nations of the basic formations. Each unit of the company
is deployed in the formation which is suitable to its mission.
51. PROTECTION OF TRANSPORTATION AND
UTILITIES SYSTEMS. a. General. The commander
should give particular attention to insuring the unhampered
operation of all transportation and utility systems, including
railroads, bus and streetcar lines, subways, airports and their
facilities; water, electric power, and gas systems; telephone
and telegraph lines. Fire-fighting personnel and equipment
may require special protection, and may be augmented by
military personnel if there is a likelihood of arson.
b. Protection of street railways. In riots affecting street
railways, the commander should station strong forces of
troops at points from which they can best reach the most
troublesome districts. When additional troops are available,
they may be used to patrol as much of the system as it is
deemed best to operate, or such portions as are in the most
dangerous section of the city. The duty of suppressing minor
disorders at isolated points, such as throwing missiles at a car,
should usually be left to the civilian police. One or two men
should not be placed as guards on a car. Unless they fire,
such a small force is ineffective, especially against large
crowds. As a result, the guards must either use their firearms
frequently or suffer injury. When it becomes necessary to
move cars under guard, a strong force should accompany
the car in patrol vehicles.
c. Railroad protection. The protection of a railroad re-
quires large forces and detailed planning. Protection must be
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United States. War Department. Domestic disturbances, book, July 30, 1945; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96652/m1/55/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.