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crowd be permitted to stand on the sidewalks while troops
march through the street.
b. Columns of troops marching through city streets must
be secured by an advance guard. Squads of the advance party
march in single file at 2 or 3 paces' distance on sidewalks on
opposite sides of the street. (See fig. 13.) The members of
these squads covering the windows and roofs of buildings
on opposite sides of the street, are designated to fire on
rioters attacking the troops. When more than one column
is approaching an objective on more than one street the
streets being parallel, they will so time their advance that
they will remain abreast of each other and will coordinate
their movement at intersections where visibility exists.
58. BARRICADES. a. Barricades, if required, are con-
structed of material available, sufficiently strong to withstand
the force that may be brought against them. Whenever prac-
ticable, earth or similar substances are used. Material which
is likely to chip or splinter when hit by a bullet should be
covered with protective substance. To prevent attackers from
gaining good firing positions, the buildings, roofs, etc., cover-
ing the barricade must be occupied by troops or made un-
tenable. Wire should be used to block streets or deny areas to
rioters. Barricades should be secured by automatic weapons
b. Barricades erected by rioters are attacked, if possible,
from the flank or from above. Chemical agents are employed
where practicable. A foothold may often be secured at night,
or when a lack of discipline has caused the barricade to be
inefficiently guarded. When other means have failed, barri-
cades may be reduced by tanks, artillery, mortars, or grenades.
59. SNIPING. In civil disturbances sniping may be ex-
pected in localities where individuals are accustomed to
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