Panzer pionier bataillon 209
The 209th Panzerpionier Battalion in the 11th Panzer Division.
The engineers of the German Wehrmacht were called Pioniere. The German army had many types of Pionier units divided in categories. These categories were Pioniertruppen, Bautruppen, Eisenbahntruppen and Technische Truppen. Pioniere were soldiers first and contruction workers second.
They got the same training like regular troops but after this was finished they got extra training focused on handling explosives, breaching barbed wire and other obstacles, destroying enemy forticfications, effective use of smoke and handling support weapons like the machinegun and flame thrower.
Because of this they were called “Mädchen für alles”. They were the jack of all trades amongst the troops. Pioniere had both offensive and defensive capabilities.
In a defensive role they were building fortifications like trenches and laying mine fields. These positions were also camouflaged by the Pioniere.
In the offensive they were paired up with regular infantry. The Pioniere served as specialised units who were trained with explosives and flame throwers. These guys were the real storm troopers of the Wehrmacht, rushing into the action to blow up enemy bunkers and defensive positions.
During an attack the troops were divided in 3 groups called Truppen. The first one is the Deckungstrupp. This group consisted of regular infantry. They were tasked with providing cover for the second group, the Stosstrupp. The Stosstrupp consisted almost entirely of Pioniere. This group had to push forward and face the enemy head-on, clearing any obstacles in their path. The last group is the Nebeltrupp who had to provide smoke cover for the Stosstrupp using smoke grenades and smoke candles (Nebelkerze).
Does reading this make you wonder what it would be like to be in one of those Stosstruppen? Do you want to experience what it was like to be a Pionier? To be a part of the elite troops of the Wehrmacht? Then you could consider joining our group.
We are a bunch of enthusiasts who portray the Pioniere with passion. We try to portray this with a lot of authenticity. Every member gets a specific role that is crucial to the overall look of our group. We help our members with getting a correct uniform and the right gear. We spend a lot of time to find the right gear at a good price.
By cooperating with both Allied and Axis groups, who are equally passionate about our hobby, we are able to lift the level of quality on the events we visit. This makes the experience a lot more authentic and brings you closer to the history of the unit we portray.
In the Wehrmacht it was said that the unit was supposed to act as a family with the squad leader as the good father figure. We also use this in our own unit. Within our group the is a lot of friendship and solidarity. Everybody helps eachother and learns new stuff everyday. That way everybody feels at home within our group. Friends made here are probably going to be friends for life!
You also get to experience frontline action at the events we go to. We are the spearhead in the assault and will attack the enemy without fear. Teamwork is essential. While the others provide covering fire and smoke cover we rush forward and take out the enemy positions.