For military forces operating in cities, a combined arms approach is imperative. That means infantry and armor mutually supporting one another, along with integrated fires, all to facilitate maneuver. It also means engineers. The unique conditions of urban terrain, with hardened structures and complex obstacles, make the contributions of engineers more crucial than perhaps any other environment.

This episode of the Urban Warfare Project Podcast examines that role. How do the basic engineer capabilities resident in engineer units—like those in the US Army—enable maneuver forces to achieve their objectives when operating in cities? For commanders, what are the most important considerations to account for when employing engineers in combined arms operations? What effects can commanders expect from specific engineer tactics and equipment? To address those questions and more, John Spencer is joined by Lieutenant Colonel John Chambers, an engineer commander in the 1st Infantry Division.

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Image credit: Spc. William Hatton, US Army