Engineer soldier's handbook. Page: 1
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BASIC FIELD MANUAL
ENGINEER SOLDIER'S HANDBOOK
(This manual supersedes FM 21-105, March 12, 1941.)
THE ENGINEER SOLDIER AND THE CORPS OF
U 1. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN ENGINEER.-YOU are an engi-
neer. You are going to build bridges and blow them up.
You are going to stop tanks and destroy them. You are
going to build roads, airfields, and buildings. You are going
to construct fortifications. You are going to fight with many
kinds of weapons. You are going to make sure that our own
troops move ahead against all opposition, and you are going
to see to it that enemy obstacles do not interfere with our
advance. You are an engineer.
* 2. You AND YOUR JOB.-a. You have been chosen to be
trained to do a man-sized job for the Army and for your
country. To do it well you must keep your eyes and ears
open, your mind alert, and be always on your toes. You must
keep yourself in top-notch condition. You must
become physically tough and an expert at your job. Whether
or not our Army succeeds depends a lot on how much better
you are at your job than the enemy engineer is at his.
b. That's a large order. The Army knows it is; but the
Army also knows that if you give the best that is in you, you
will do the job well. You will build, tear down, and fight
better than any other soldier in the world. You will be an
U 3. THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THE FIGHTING TRADITION.-a---.
The beginnings of the Corps of Engineers.-(1) The Corps of
Engineers to which you belong has a long record of courage
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