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firearms. If a lawless element is well organized, sniping with
automatic weapons may be expected from within and from
behind buildings, and from roofs of tall structures. Selected
marksmen should be designated to fire on snipers. Snipers
who are apprehended are turned over to civil authorities for
60. ATTACKING BUILDINGS. a. Tactical considera-
tions determine whether a building occupied by rioters is to
be avoided, isolated, or attacked. It may be avoided if it is
occupied as a refuge and if it does not interfere with oper-
ations of the troops. If its occupancy constitutes a threat to
the success of the operation, it may be reduced immediately,
or isolated and dealt with later.
b. Direct attack of a building is avoided where possible.
If the building is separated from others, a smoke screen may
permit troops to approach with a minimum of opposition.
Chemical grenades may be thrown through windows. Fire
escapes afford access to the roof, and permit troops to attack
from above. When lesser means fail, artillery, mortars, explo-
sives, or grenades may be used.
c. If the building is one of a row of houses of about the
same height, it may be attacked from the roof of an adjoin-
ing house. It is much easier, and usually less dangerous, to
neutralize a house from the top down than from the bottom
up. Chemical grenades are dropped down openings such as
chimneys, doorways, and skylights. After securing an
entrance, troops advance steadily from room to room and
from floor to floor until the building is cleared. To minimize
resistance, gas grenades are thrown into rooms before enter-
ing. In attacking buildings, a sufficient cordon should be
placed around the structure to capture emerging rioters, and
to prevent their receiving reinforcements during the attack.
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United States. War Department. Domestic disturbances, book, July 30, 1945; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96652/m1/65/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.