German Pionier 1939–45

Combat Engineer of the Wehrmacht

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German Pionier 1939–45

Combat Engineer of the Wehrmacht

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The German Army of World War II collectively referred to its various engineer units as Pioniere (Pioneers). This organization included Pioniertruppen (Pioneer Troops), Bautruppen (Construction Troops), Eisenbahntruppen (Railway Troops), and Technische Truppen (Technical Troops). They were first and foremost assault troops, and construction workers second. They were tasked with overcoming manmade and natural obstacles, and in the attack they supported the infantry as specialist assault troops, attacking fortified positions with demolitions and flamethrowers. In the defence they constructed fortifications and shelters, erected obstacles, laid minefields, planted booby traps, cleared fields of fire, erected camouflage, and maintained supply routes. This book examines the recruitment and special training of a German Pionier. It also covers life in the field while on campaign, their role in supporting infantry assaults.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ Recruitment/ Training / Rank/ Daily Life/ Appearance/ Belief & Belonging/ On Campaign/ Life in the Field/ Experience in Battle/ the Aftermath of Battle/ Glossary/ Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published 10 May 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846035784
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 33 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 146
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…

Illustrator

Carlos Chagas

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