Ladders in Pioneer PlatoonJuly 3 2012 at 5:50 AM
|Doug Townend |
Response to Re: Picture of one of the assembled ladders
In short, the answer is No. The role of the Pioneer Platoon was to be the engineers of the unit - supervising the companies in laying barbed wire for defensive use, laying minefields for defensive use, digging bunkers for command use. They lay and lifted mines, laid explosives to create delays or clear fields of fire, or to open mouseholes between buildings.
Ladders would have been issued for a specifice purpose. A famous D-Day photo and short film shows a few Canadian infantry carrying ladders off the landing craft during the assault. The ladders would have been used to climb up and over the sea wall in specific locations.