The importance of captured material in the German supply system is
emphasized by Field Marshal Rommel in an army order issued to his troops. The
order states that the shortage of raw materials and supplies in Africa makes
it necessary to take every opportunity of seizing enemy equipment and supplies. Units
may take with them only such amounts of captured material as will not
impair their operational readiness; all other booty is dealt with by a special
Salvage Section (Beuteberge-Abteilung) of Panzer Army Headquarters.
A guard is to be left over all dumps and stocks and Headquarters is to
be informed of their location'. The Salvage Section will make arrangements for
the security and removal of all dumps and will provide technical personnel and
transport. It is to be in direct communication with the forward troops, and will
include a salvage platoon from Air Headquarters. Captured supplies are to be
marked in light blue paint with the words "Tedesco," Italian for "German" and
Erfasste Beute (captured booty). Strong disciplinary action is taken in the
event of any misuse or destruction of salvage.