Australian Cavalry Support For An American Road-Building Project
Australian cavalry support for an American road-building project in Bien Hoa province. This eight-kilometre stretch of road replaced a 30-kilometre trip for allied forces, 1966. Image courtesy of Rex Warren.
Sapper, Soldiers who Build, Repair Roads/Bridges as Well as Clear Mines
"If the [Viet Cong] can have sappers....so can we." A sapper, also called pioneer or combat engineer, is a combatant or soldier who performs a variety of military engineering duties such as breaching, demolitions, bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields, field defenses as well as building, road and airfield construction and repair. They are also trained to serve as infantry personnel in defensive and offensive operations. A sapper's duties are devoted to tasks involving facilitating movement, defense and survival of allied forces and impeding those of enemies.
Soldier watering a dirt road in order to keep the dust down. Photo by Russell Elderbaum, a "Scout" with D-Troop during 1969 & 1970. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Courtesy of Mike Gustin, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.dtroop.com/