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with the civil authorities for the use of police radio and
telephone systems to supplement tactical equipment.
b. Information centers are established throughout the occu-
pied area. These centers are so located that military personnel
and civilians may conveniently report to headquarters. Each
center should be furnished messengers to supplement radio
and telephone equipment.
c. Under certain conditions it may be necessary to assume
control of commercial telephone and telegraph lines or to
assume control of branch centrals through which the main
military communications pass. It may at times be necessary
to lay wire between important points.
Section II. OFFENSIVE ACTION AGAINST
55. GENERAL. a. A city held by any organized rioters
will be attacked generally in the same manner as one held
by enemy troops. The tactics employed are usually modified
to meet the loose organization and lack of discipline usually
found among rioters, and the necessity for preserving life
and property to the fullest extent possible. For the principles
of offensive action against a city, see FM Ioo-5. Where build-
ngs are largely constructed of wood, care must be exercised
to avoid a general conflagration.
b. Disposition of troops. The troops will be employed
with the mission of-
(I) Securing immediate possession of as much of the city
(2) Driving the mob into and through the districts of
the city where looting is least profitable and where the de-
struction of property incident to military operations is reduced
to a minimum.
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