ARMY TM 10-8340-211-13
AIR FORCE TO 35E5-1-101
Do not attempt to drive tent pins into hard, frozen ground if the force required is excessive. Instead, chop small
holes into the ground, insert tent pins into holes, and fill holes with slush or water; in a short time the tent pins will
be firmly anchored. When removing pins from frozen ground, always chop them out; never hammer them
sideways to break them loose.
Snow carried into a tent will melt and wet sleeping bags and clothing. The following precautions should be taken
to keep snow out of tents:
Each man must take care to brush all snow from his clothing and boots before entering a tent.
One man should enter the tent first and take the sleeping bags, packs, and other articles from the other
man after the items have been brushed off completely.
4-9. Erection of Small General Purpose Tent.
Unpack tent (para. 4-4), then perform preventive maintenance check and services (table 2-1).
Study the ground plan (figure 4-2) carefully before erecting tent.
Lift tent body up off ground when removing guy lines from under it, and avoid possible damage to screen doors.
Refer to figure 4-3 (View A) and spread tent on ground so that doors are in the desired position.
Close front (1) and rear (2) doors by fastening snaphooks to matching D-rings on inside of door (3), close both
slide fasteners, then fasten outside snaphooks in matching D-rings (4).
Drive footstop pins (5) (fig. 4-3) at the six corners, two at each door (6), then attach footstop line (7) to each pin.
Never angle a tent pin away from tent. Drive 9 inch aluminum pins or 12 inch steel pins straight up-and-
down. Pins angled away from tent have more leverage from the tent line. When canvas gets wet and
shrinks, the pin acts like a lever and enlarges the hole, loosening the pin.
Measure 11 ft 8 in. from each corner, mark distance, then check that a line between each two directly opposite
corners is a straight line. Drive 9 inch aluminum pins straight up and down in mark, then attach the six corner
eave lines to pins (8, View B).
Unsnap front door snaphook from D-ring (4) on outside, open slide fastener (9), then enter tent with center pole
adjusted to 10 ft. 6 in.
Position point of center pole (10) in peak plate, raise center pole and tent body (11) until pole is vertical, then
tighten corner eave guy lines (8) just enough to hold center pole (9) upright.
Adjust the two door eave poles (12 View C) to 7 ft., adjust the six corners eave poles (13) to 5 ft., then insert
spindle of poles in grommet provided, and raise each pole to the vertical as it is positioned in the grommet.
Tighten the comer eave guy lines (8).