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Combat Engineers
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Combat Engineers

A branch of the army providing technical assistance to the armed forces in combat. European armies had been equipped with combat engineer units – often called “Pioneers” – since the mid-19th century. Their primary mission was the construction of entrenchments, roads, and bridges.

Like the other branches of the army, the combat engineers of the German Reich were trained for mobile warfare. The goal was to create a modern, technological, battle support force to provide direct reinforcement in combat. Following the lessons of…

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Gross, Gerhard P., “Combat Engineers”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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