Military Grade Sandbags
Sandbags have been a staple for military engineers since the late 18th century. Military sandbags are commonly made out of woven polypropylene and are important because of their wide range of uses. When filled with sand or soil, sandbags play important roles in military fortification and flood control. Because they are relatively inexpensive, military sandbags are still widely used today.
Generally, most military grade sandbags are fourteen inches by twenty-six inches in size, with a maximum carrying capacity of 50 pounds. When stacked together and used in bulk, a collection of sandbags proves to be a hardy defense against both weaponry and flood waters. The main advantage for sandbag construction is its mobility and versatility. For the majority of the time, sandbags are brought into target zones as empty bags, and then filled on-site with local sand and soil. This technique minimizes expensive transportation costs and makes use of the local environment. Furthermore, most modern military sandbags are 100% biodegradable, thus minimizing environmental damage.
Filling a sandbag requires two individuals working together—one holding the bag open and the other carefully shoveling in sand and soil. Bags should always be filled one-third to one-half of their capacity. When stacking and placing the sandbags, align each sandbag so the ends connect snugly. Stagger the joint connections when multiple layers are needed.
As mentioned before, sandbags see constant duty during warzone situations and flooding emergencies. During military combat, sandbags can be used for fortification and shelter. When combined with concrete blocks, sandbag defense measures can protect infantrymen during intense firefights. Tiny air gaps within a sandbag barrier also serve as an effective means to dissipate explosive blasts, as from grenades and explosives. Because sandbags are cheap, they can be quickly constructed and arranged in protective barriers before combat, especially in temporary civilian fortifications.
In addition, sandbags are crucial in containing floodwaters. In the event when dikes and levees are damaged, sandbags are a quick solution to reinforce damaged areas. Properly placed sandbag walls can divert moving water to avoid buildings and to reduce water damage. However, it is important to realize that sandbags are not always an effective method to control floodwaters. Eventually, water will seep through the bags and render the barrier ineffective.
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