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Ten soldiers were sentenced by a military court here Tuesday to prison sentences of from nine months to three years for willfully damaging tank engines they were supposed to repair. All were reduced in rank to private. The 10, who pleaded guilty, admitted they had damaged the engines in order to have them transferred to bigger repair installations because of the pressure of work. They said their intention was not sabotage but merely to ease their work load. Seven other soldiers who pleaded not guilty are still on trial.