ARMY: Every Man an Engineer

The British had sworn to scorch the earth of Malaya, but the job was badly done. They scarcely singed the edges, left many a handsome prize for the oncoming Jap. U.S. Lieut. General Walter Krueger, commander of the Third Army, thought he could see the reason for the British failure: ignorance and insufficient explosives. He ordered an immediate training program to acquaint every combat unit under his command with the ins-&-outs of demolition.

Last week, on the brush-covered, gully-cut hills of Camp Bullis, 20 miles northwest of San Antonio, Tex., demolition experts previewed...

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