Volksgrenadier engineer/pioneer units?

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    richard zamudio
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    There are many  more instances of the Volksgrenadier in action. However there is little mention of Volksgrenadier engineer/pioneer units. Are there any examples of the TO&E for such units? Thanks in advance.

    #186908
    Alan Hamilton
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    The best I can do is:  Pioneer Battalion (organization as of 1 April 1944).  I don’t have the company, platoon, section breakdown.  Of course, the figures are what the unit was supposed to have.  Reality was almost certainly different.

    UNIT Offs NCOs Pvts Rifles

    Cbns

    Pistols SMGs LMGs Hv MGs 81-mm

    Morts

    Flame

    Thr

    Mtr

    Vehs

    Mtrcls H-Dr

    Vehs

    Trls Hs Bcls
    Bn Hq 9[1] 14 61 60 17 7 10 8 3 1 10 37
    Engr Co (Bcl) 3 26 150 128 49 2 9 2 2 6 1 3 16 8 29 130
    Engr Co (Bcl) 3 26 150 128 49 2 9 2 2 6 1 3 16 8 29 130
    Total 15[1] 66 361 316 115 11 18 4 4 12 12 14 35 17 68 297
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    #186917
    richard zamudio
    Participant

    This shows that these units (in “theory”) existed. Thanks again for this useful information.

    #186918
    Alan Hamilton
    Participant

    The Volksgrenadier Divisions were organized around small cadres of veteran soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers mainly from shattered or other Infantry Divisions. Their ranks were then filled out with whoever the Replacement Army could find. Naval and Air Force personnel made redundant through losses and fuel shortages, recovered wounded soldiers discharged from hospitals, older men who would have been considered too old or too unfit in peacetime and young men from the latest conscription classes were all posted into the ranks.  They were brought as close to establishment as possible.  Arming them was a different matter!

    In addition to the Divisional Engineer Battalion each of the Volksgrenadier Regiments also had a strong platoon of engineers established as (again I do not have a detailed breakdown):

    1 officer, 7 NCOs, 65 Privates, 53 Rifles/Carbines, 7 Pistols, 13 SMG, 6 LMG, 6 Horse drawn vehicles, 13 horses, 2 bicycles.

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