From: Denver Colorado
So does the prophet Glanz give any reason to believe that the Soviet Union was capable in 1941 of training the most specialized type of combat-arms soldier at the scale and speed at which your preferred method requires? I'm just curious. We know how many T-34s they could produce. How many demolition-specialists and combat-bridge-builders could they legitimately train in a summer?
You've got to be joking? A guy with a shovel is the "most specialized type of combat arms soldier"? You really think that these units are full of demolition specialists and combat bridge-builders? Do you think that these specialists are the ones building the fortifications? In any event, the Soviet Union had absolutely no shortage of educated engineers, as demonstrated by the massive expansion of their industry during the war.
Is a sapper just a dude with a shovel, or is he a fully-trained "combat engineer"? Because I thought they were the latter (and I presume pioneers are the same).
I'm not talking about the RR Construction, which I would assume are peasants with a bowl of gruel and a bronze pickaxe. I'm talking about combat engineers, which is what I assume a Sapper regiment/battalion represents. Not counting support personal, etc.
Yes, combat engineers are the most specialized type of combat-arm there is, and they are a completely separate entity than a civil engineer.
Summer 2017-Playing: D-Day at Omaha Beach, Advanced Squad Leader,
Reading: Kampfgruppe Walther & Panzerbrigade 107 (Magnificent). Lots of Osprey stuff.
Rulebooks: ASL (always ASL)