2-5. Engineer Force Laydown.
a. Armored division area.
(1) Each maneuver brigade normally has an associated division
The division engineer battalion usually
trains and operates with its associated ground-maneuver brigade.
This battalion can have additional elements attached from other
division engineer battalions or corps when supporting the main
effort. It can also have elements detached from it and attached
to another battalion when supporting a secondary effort.
(2) An armored division normally consists of ten maneuver battalions
and a cavalry squadron.
The number of division engineer
companies is insufficient to habitually associate one with each
ground maneuver battalion.
Even brigades that have three
maneuver TFs should not blindly give each TF a division engineer
company if the tactical estimate does not support the allocation.
Division mission-essential tasks help set up habitual association
for division engineer companies.
A maneuver brigade's main TF
often has one or more division engineer companies in support, but
other TFs have less.
Weighting the engineer effort enables a
maneuver brigade commander to retain flexibility when employing
engineers and delegating tasks between engineers from TF through
(3) Figure 2-3, page 2-8, shows an example of organic and corps
engineers in an armored division area for a defensive operation.
The division's main effort is in the north. The division cavalry
squadron has a screen mission on the division's southern flank.
The reserve brigade's anticipated employment is to counterattack
in the north, and the engineer laydown supports this defense.
(4) The division engineer battalion that supports the main-effort
brigade has an additional division engineer company from the
reserve brigade. The main-effort division engineer battalion has
four division engineer companies under its control.
battalion that supports the secondary effort has a company
detached to support the cavalry covering force, which is the
screen for the division.
The battalion retains two subordinate
companies for a total of four division engineer and two A&O
platoons. The reserve brigade has a division engineer battalion
minus one company that prepares for a counterattack in the
assembly area and provides mobility and survivability the reserve
brigade. A corps RB company is similarly positioned to rapidly
move forward and support the reserve brigade's movement over a
The division engineer brigade headquarters closely
monitors engineer support to the reserve brigade and controls
other engineer activity in the division rear area.
(5) A corps combat engineer battalion is in DS of the division and
works on given tasks and priorities in the rear area.