German 'Pionier': Case Study of the Combat Engineer's Employment During Sustained Ground Combat [open pdf - 895KB]
From the thesis abstract: "The German Pionier: Case Study of the Combat Engineer's Employment During Sustained Ground Combat makes the assertion that the US Army and the US Army Engineer Regiment requires retraining and reeducation on the employment of combat engineers in sustained ground combat. The employment of the combat engineers in counterinsurgency operations during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom focused on an engineer centric approach to mobility operations in lieu of a combined arms approach practiced in sustained ground combat. This monograph conducted a comprehensive examination of the employment of German combat engineers in mobility operations during the Second World War, to demonstrate that the engineer centric approach to mobility operations is insufficient when conducting sustained ground combat. The monograph concludes that the combat engineer, when employed in a combined arms approach, are highly versatile formations that maintain friendly tempo while disrupting enemy tempo, prevent culmination while initiating enemy culmination, and extend the operational reach of friendly forces."
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