|I believe this discussion board is quite international, so I'd like to know what is the role of combat engineering (engineering, field engineering) in different counties.
I am Finnish conscript and our combat engineering-branch mostly deals with following issues (and sorry for capital letters. I'm not shouting, only trying to give some structure to the text):
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MAIN TASKS OF FINNISH COMBAT ENGINEERS:
* Mobility (or maneuverability)
* Fighting as normal infantry
Includes laying mines (manually, because Finnish Defence Forces doesn't have any scatterable mine-systems), building obstacles against enemy armored units (usually accompanied with mines), and destroying bridges or other constructs to deny crossing of rivers etc.
Includes clearing minefields by various methods, obstacle breaching, river crossing, reinforcing bridges to support heavy equipment, and maintenance of roads and paths used by friendly forces.
Includes supporting fighting force by fortifying crew-served weapons, and other non-individual positions. Individual positions are also fortified by engineers if materials used are more complex, like concrete elements etc.
FIGHTING AS NORMAL INFANTRY
Normally Finnish combat engineers avoid combat situations, but if for example enemy tanks breaches our defences, combat engineers are been sent to restrict and stop enemy movement behind our "lines".
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So what I ask is how these tasks are been handled in your country's forces and are they divided to different troops.
With best regards