US Combat Engineer 1941-45

US Combat Engineer 1941-45

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At its peak in World War II, the United States Army contained over 700 engineer battalions, along with numerous independent brigades and regiments. The specialized soldiers of the Engineers were tasked with a wide variety of crucially important tasks including river bridging, camouflage, airfield construction, and water and petroleum supply. However, despite their important support roles, the engineers were often employed on the front lines fighting beside the general infantry in the desperate battles of the European theatre. This book covers the role of these soldiers, from their recruitment and training, through their various support missions and combat experiences, forming an account of what it was truly like to be a combat engineer in World War II.This necessitated moving the unit and all its equipment to distant maneuver areas, usually by rail, which was itself part of the training. Competitive training exercises were held between companies and platoons, and included bridge building, obstacle breaching, minefield laying, and ... Prior to deployment the over-aged, physically unfit, and those with recurring medical problems were reassigned. ... Gambling stakes in both craps and poker were not very high owing to the low salary.

Title:US Combat Engineer 1941-45
Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 2012-06-20

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