German Pionier 1939-45: Combat Engineer of the Wehrmacht

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The Pionier troops of the Wehrmacht were at the forefront of the blitzkrieg, storming through any obstacles that lay in their path. Not mere engineers, they were assault troops first and construction workers second. Armed with specialist equipment such as demolition charges and the terrifying flamethrower, they were called upon to breach fortifications, clear minefields and establish bridgeheads under fire. Together with original photographs and detailed artwork, this is a thorough examination of the life of a ...

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Overview

The Pionier troops of the Wehrmacht were at the forefront of the blitzkrieg, storming through any obstacles that lay in their path. Not mere engineers, they were assault troops first and construction workers second. Armed with specialist equipment such as demolition charges and the terrifying flamethrower, they were called upon to breach fortifications, clear minefields and establish bridgeheads under fire. Together with original photographs and detailed artwork, this is a thorough examination of the life of a typical Pionier, following him through training and the offensive actions of the early war to the final, desperate efforts to slow the Allied advance.

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"This is a short yet detail packed study of the Pioniertruppen of the Wehrmacht. Whether your interest is historical, archival, or modelling, Mr. Rottman offers you an in-depth and insightful resource for the topic of the Combat Engineer of the Wehrmacht." - Frederick Boucher, Armorama

"In this book on German Pioneers,  author Gordon Rottman covers a brief chronology on what it was like to be a young man in Hitler's Germany... All of this is superbly illustrated by Carlos Chagas and an excellent collection of period photographs, some of them in full color. In all, another excellent book on some of the less exciting, but very necessary components of warfare." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

"A fine survey... deserves a spot in any German specialty collection." - The Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846035784
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 988,264
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. The author lives in Cyprus, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Recruitment 5

Training 7

Rank 14

Daliy Life 17

Appearance 21

Individual equipment

Pioneer equipment

Weapons

Belief And Belonging 33

On Campaign 37

The pioneer battalion

Life In The Field 41

Field rations

Experience In Battle 46

Bunkersturm, France, 1940

Ponton Brucken, Russia, 1941

Straβesperre, Germany, 1944

The Aftermath of Battle 58

Glossary 60

Bibliography 63

Index 64

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