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German Combat Engineers, 1939-40 Battle in Poland, Belgium and France
German Combat Engineers, 1939-40
Battle in Poland, Belgium and France
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233 pages; 20 chapters and 2 appendices
Storming across huge spaces to conquer five nations in less than a year,
German Combat Engineers, in 1939-40 demonstrated their consummate
lethality as they seized fort after fort in Poland, Belgium and France. Yet only a
few books have been written about the glory of
German Combat Engineers,
. The reasons are simple, an over weaning interest in German panzer
exploits. But on the backs of small
German combat engineer units, moved
entire German divisions, corps and armies.
German combat engineers were
trained in so many skills that the list alone is huge. Yet, the e-book,
Combat Engineers, 1939-40
focuses upon the skill of German Combat
in capturing forts and fortified zones. There is so much to be
learned from them, and nothing like them has existed since 1945. In fact, most
western armies do not utilize highly trained
combat engineers for jobs that the
infantry can’t handle. They use their engineers for non-combat roles, as
builders. US engineers are skilled labor for building air-conditioned base camps,
roads and the enemy infrastructure, so that the enemy will be stronger next
time. In the near future the US Army, “generaled” by incompetent bureaucrats,
will no longer be allowed to use land mines against the enemy. If you want to
see how real combat engineers once performed, read
German Combat
Engineers, 1939-40.
Review Table of Contents
"Hidden in the grass near France’s Fort of La Ferté in the summer of 1940, German Pionier Oberleutnant Germer got
ready to launch an assault on La Ferté Block 1, a fortified bastion jutting out from the main fort. However the expected
German heavy artillery barrage on and around the Fort La Ferté had not begun. The German engineers were therefore
vulnerable to artillery barrages fired by the besieged French.
General Weisenberger, the German commander winced as he imagined a great number of casualties among his best
troops, caused by French artillery, curtain fire. However, he smiled when he realized that the French barrage was not
French divisional artillery supporting La Ferté had an immediate task occupying them. They were firing every gun in
support of a French counterattack at another location. Those counterattack barrages and the 75mm guns of Fort Le
Chesnoy did not fire into the ground surrounding Fort La Ferté. The French wanted to avoid friendly fire into their own
infantry and tanks. The German assault pioneers were thus given a gift, but they had to move fast. Some of them rubbed
their belt buckles where was carved in steel, “Gott Mit Uns” (God is With Us)."
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