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Process Captured Material


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Captured Enemy Materiel (CEM):

Captured Enemy Documents (CED)

Captured Enemy Equipment (CEE)

Captured Enemy Documents:

Recorded information, regardless of form

Obtained from the enemy

Subsequently comes into the hands of a friendly force

Includes US or Allied documents that were once in the hands of the enemy

Found on the battlefield

Captured Enemy Equipment

All Types of Foreign Material

Two Purposes:

Military Application

Technical Intelligence

CEM is the Property of the United States ! ! !

Safeguard & Protect from:




Souvenir Hunters


Time Sensitive Information:

Significant Intelligence Information

Information critical to successfully accomplishing friendly courses of action


Enemy Order of Battle

Enemy Maps, Overlays

Enemy Operation Orders

Enemy Signals, Codes

New Weapons or Equipment

Information indicating a significant change in the enemy’s capabilities or intentions

Spot Report Format

S – Size

A – Activity

L – Location

U – Unit

T – Time

E – Equipment

Documents Associated with Equipment

Attach a Coversheet, marked “TECHDOC” to the CED

Coversheet should include:

Precise location


circumstances of capture

detailed description of the materiel

Treat all documents marked “TECHDOC” with the highest priority

Field Expedient Disposition Methods

Use field expedient methods of disposition in the absence of weather-resistant preprinted tags

Rations packing

Whatever paper materials are available

TAG, But Do Not Deface the Item

All markings already on the materiel should be preserved

TAG, so as not to damage or destroy the document or equipment

Never write on the document or equipment itself


Evacuate time senistive CEM through chain of command to S-2

Screen for intelligence or techinical value

Evacuate to the rear

All Other CEM

Logistical assets (petroleum, supplies) are handled as similar US items

Some items require special handling:

Medical supplies can ONLY be used for EPWs, refugees, indigenous population–otherwise, leave in place unharmed

For other items (NBC materials, ordnance, special documents, such as maps, charts, air imagery) check unit SOP or operation order.



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