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3. Cont. Static Water Points will be under continual supervision of Hygiene Sections. The OC Fd Hyg Sec will be responsible for the provision of sanitary police, and the labelling of suitable water points showing the amount of WSP required for sterilisation.

4. Local Food Supplies

Local food, if permitted to be purchased, should only be obtained from approved sources. Tuberculosis in Cattle and Pigs has increased with the German occupation; all milk therefore must be regarded as unsafe unless it has been boiled.

Restaurants and other places serving food are out of bounds until the ABM, in conjunction with the Hygiene Officer, is satisfied that they are suitable for use by the troops.

Local wines cannot be consumed like the beer at home as the strength varies from district to district, and moreover is liable to be doctored.

5. Washing the Person and Clothing

Mobile Laundries and Bath Units will NOT arrive prior to D + 30. Troops will be required to do their own washing until the formation laundries can be set up. Soap for this purpose will be provided on the scale of 2 ozs per man per 14 days.

When lice infection is encountered in circumstances where bathing facilities are limited or absent, AL 63 will be used liberally, provision has been made for the issue of impregnated underclothing and shirts.

6. Camps and Billets - Accommodation Generally.

Owing to damage to buildings accommodation will be in the open, in tents, or in partially demolished houses. Camp sanitation must therefore be of the highest order.

The greatest care should be taken not to foul the ground as it may be taken for granted that all areas in the beach-head will be occupied successively by troops for some time.

7. Sanitation

(a) Beaches. This will be primitive in the beginning, considerable fouling of the beaches may occur before a sufficiently large number of shallow trench latrines are available. This fouling will have to be met with 'cat' sanitation (each man covering his exereta with earth) in selected areas which will become the site for the latrines. It is of the utmost importance that the area of fouled ground should be reduced to a minimum. Each Beach Group is responsible for the digging of shallow trench latrines and later deep trench latrines covered with ME Latrine Tops (squatting types).

(b) Beach Transit Areas. Vehicle and Personnel Assembly Areas. Shallow trench latrines will be constructed, followed as early as possible by deep trench latrines covered with ME Latrine Top. When bucket latrines are available their contents can be disposed of in one of the deep trench latrines before the arrival or provision of incinerators. Particular attention must be paid to the sanitation of these areas, a permanent working party should be detailed to maintain them in a good sanitary condition.

(c) In the Field. Units should construct shallow and/or deep trench latrines according to the length of time they occupy a position; when bucket latrines are in use, contents should be disposed by Otway pit (or as in (b) above) or by incineration. Should local houses with water curried sewage disposal systems be occupied it should be ascertained that the septic tank or drainage system is capable of dealing with the night soil of the men using it, otherwise if overburdened an offensive overflow will result, with consequent fouling of the ground. Therefore alternative bucket or


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