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Combat Engineer
  • On land
  • On water
Unit
Affiliation

Soviet Union

Role

Anti-Infantry Field Support

Armament

Mushkin SA Revolver

Tier

1

Properties
Amphibious

Yes

Production
Cost

500

Build time

0:10

Produced by

Barracks

Function
Abilities

Builds Battle Bunker

Somebody called for an engineer?!
- Combat Engineer
RA3 Combat Engineer Icons

Combat engineer is Soviet field support infantry used in the War of the Three Powers (Red Alert 3).

History

For guy like me? No problem!
- Combat Engineer

While few Soviet citizens would be inclined to openly admit it, not everyone born under the Union's banner has the physical strength and coordination necessary to serve in a frontline military capacity. Fortunately, some of these individuals make up for this ineptitude with an overabundance of intelligence. Year after year, the Union's Science and Information Ministers do an excellent job of identifying such people and encouraging them to join the ranks of the combat engineers. While Soviet combat engineers cannot be depended upon to fight firsthand, their technical aptitude and variety of useful battlefield skills makes them a cornerstone of the Union's military engagements.

Combat engineers hail from all walks of life: they are the Union's bookkeepers, professors, curators, symphony conductors, mechanics, shipwrights, and, of course, its civilian architects and engineers. Once drafted, combat engineers receive on-the-job training in control systems, computers, sabotage, and even basic marksmanship for self-defence. Because they are not frontline fighters to be thrown straight into harm's way, they are expected to work longer hours than the average conscript, and for a lower stipend and less in the way of rations, shelter, and amenities. Combat engineers therefore have little spare time to rationalise their trade-off, which Science and Information Ministers explain away as a "noble sacrifice for the good of our Land."

Irrespective of their work conditions, combat engineers are undeniably skilled at what they do, and even seem to take some pride in their work. They can capture enemy installations with remarkable ease, or restore Soviet facilities to a (relatively) pristine state in short order. Notably, the number of catastrophic accidents involving Soviet super-reactors continues to drop year upon year after a stern memorandum from the Ministry of Experimental Science ordered combat engineers to focus on maintaining the Union's facilities rather than competing with one another to set new monthly records in Allied military structures captured. Indeed, if combat engineers have any sort of endemic problem in their ranks apart from their generally poor physical conditioning, it must be their dismissive attitudes toward their responsibilities. Many of these men are somewhat insubordinate, and known to walk a very thin line between sharing meals with conscripts like proper soldiers, and smelting flak pellets in the gulag.

The Ministry of Experimental Science believes its combat engineers to be among the most well-taken-care-of members of the Red Army. They are issued knapsacks large enough to carry most of their worldly possessions, as well as hats to protect against weather. They are even rewarded with ceremonial shovels once their mandatory training is complete, as well as rubberised inflatable sputterboats that they can use for amphibious operations or the occasional day of rest. Apart from their worldly possessions, combat engineers had none of these other things under earlier regimes, points out the Ministry. Only men tend to be selected for combat engineering work, out of respect for traditional labour boundaries. Because combat engineers, by default, are unsuitable in conventional military roles, these men typically skew older as well as wiser than the average Soviet combatant.

Abilities

RA3 Construct Bunker Icons
Construct Bunker Combat Engineers may construct bunkers that can be garrisoned by friendly infantry.

Deployment History

Capture that generator, Comrade!
- Tanya to the Combat Engineer at a mission in the North Sea

Combat engineers were often used to classical capture tech structures such as Oil Derricks, however they had one important role during the War of the Three Powers.

In operation The Unfathomable Fortress, the Allies (allied with Soviets) had to disable Wave-Force towers, protecting path to the Radar boat. Combat engineers, protected by Tanya, captured Imperial Generators to disable electricity to the towers.


RA3 USSR logo The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 3 and contradicts canon sources.

In the Soviet campaign, Combat engineers (and their guns) were used to "persuade" Swiss banks to support the Soviet campaign throughout the world (operation March of the Red Army).

Later, Combat engineers were used in secret lab on Mykonos (operation The Science of War), to extract informations about new Allied Research. And in the mission "Blight on Big Apple" they captured the New York Stock Exchange building.

Notes from the field

Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed at least these facts about Combat Engineers:

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A Combat Engineers

• Capture-and-hold—Combat engineers are frequently used to capture enemy facilities, which they accomplish instantly just as soon as they manage to get inside. Combat engineers spend years and years training to accomplish these procedures swiftly.

• Armed and dangerous—Rather than discard a previous generation of side arms, the Union gave them to its combat engineers so that these men could feel better about themselves, and so they had something to do in their spare time. Combat engineers' revolvers are crude but effective in some situations.

• Bunker-building—That shovel gifted to each combat engineer is not purely ceremonial after all, for these tools can be used to quickly set up a bunker with room enough for several of the Unions' finest foot soldiers. As combat engineers do not have the raw supplies needed for these bunkers, they are authorized to file expense reports directly in the field.

• Sputtering on the high seas—Combat engineers each have a collapsible personal boat that lets them travel at sea as readily as they can trudge about on land. Naturally, most combat engineers tend to prefer traveling in this method.

Assessment

Pros

  • Has a pistol for self-defense (that packs a punch)
  • Builds Battle Bunkers
  • A pro at bank robbing

Cons

  • Weak armor
  • Addition of a pistol contains little to no tactical value outside of engaging single basic infantry units.
  • Cannot heal other infantry or sprint like other engineers

Selected Quotes

Campaign

Capitalist pigdogs! Surrender your moneys to the glorious revolution!
- Combat Engineer after capturing a bank in Operation March of the Red Army
Such riches! Aah, all the borscht we could buy!
- Combat Engineer after capturing a bank in Operation March of the Red Army
This bank is now property of benevolent soviet Premier!
- Combat Engineer after capturing a bank in Operation March of the Red Army
Surrender your funds, servants of capitalist swines!
- Combat Engineer after capturing a bank in Operation March of the Red Army

Created

  • You need engineer?
  • I am here now!
  • Somebody called for an engineer?!

Select

  • Combat engineer!
  • What is it?
  • Yes!
  • Do you have the time?
  • What was that again?!
  • *Wake up yawn*
  • I once was professor!
  • Huh?
  • What?

Moving

  • Yes, da, yes!
  • Yep!
  • Whatever you say!
  • *cough*
  • I can do that!
  • Okay! Okay!
  • I'm in good shape!

Moving to land

  • What? No more swim time?
  • I've had enough!
  • I'm done!

Moving to water

  • Oh good, I really got to go!
  • *sniffs*, Eesh, I forgot my soap!
  • What? You think I need a bath?!

Garrisoning Structure

  • Alright, I go in!
  • Okay, inside!
  • I'll take a break in there?

Capturing Structure

  • I suppose it has value.
  • The Union takes what it wants!
  • For guy like me? No problem!
  • Hmm, might be useful!

Repair Structure

  • I'll do what I can!
  • I've seen worse, you know!
  • It can be fix!

Attacking

  • I'll do it!
  • Die!
  • Alright - I kill them all!!
  • Who else wants some?
  • I am like cowboy!

Move to Attack

  • I know what to do!
  • If It's necessary!
  • Here goes nothing!
  • I miss the Cold War!
  • With this gun?
  • Okay!
  • Really?
  • Is this wise choice?

In combat

  • They won't take me!
  • Take that!
  • I'll win this war myself!
  • Okay, I fighting for my life!
  • Darn kids, get off the grass!

Under fire

  • They surrounded me!
  • I didn't sign up for this!
  • I've been hit!
  • I knew this would happen!

Videos

Trivia

The Combat Engineer's pistol is somewhat useless and he will still lose in a one-on-one fight against any combat unit in the battlefield. Also in the missions March of the Red Army and Blight on the Big Apple, the Combat Engineer single-handedly captured Swiss Banks and the New York Stock Exchange without any resistance. This is strange, for the Engineer only wields a pistol.

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