RECOVERY SAFETY AND PRINCIPLES
Recovery is retrieving, or freeing immobile, inoperative, or
abandoned materiel from its current position and returning it to
operation or to a maintenance site for repair. These actions
typically involve towing, lifting, and winching.
Towing is typically limited to moving vehicles to the nearest
Unit Maintenance Collection Point.
Recovery consists of: self-recovery, like-recovery, and
dedicated-recovery. Self-recovery actions use only the
equipment's assets; like-recovery actions involve the assis-
tance of a second, similar vehicle; and dedicated-recovery
requires the assistance of a vehicle which is specifically de-
signed and dedicated to recovery operations.
Recovery of tracked vehicles that are mired or otherwise,
unable to move under their own power is difficult even under
the best conditions. In a combat situation, the difficulties in-
crease considerably and in many cases, the conditions under
which the vehicle is mired are far worse than in peacetime
situations. FM 9-43-2 tells you how to recover a vehicle under a
variety of situations.
Regardless of conditions, as a minimum, the following
precautions must be taken during recovery operations:
✔ Shut-off engines and apply brakes while cables or tow
bars are connected and disconnected.
✔ Position the main gun to prevent impact on the hull or
turret of another vehicle in case of a collision.