- May 24, 2013
Taking a direct Latinization of the Russian name for Sappers would give us "Sapërnaja" (or "Sapërnaya" much in the same way "Army" (армия) is often Latinized as "Armiya" in HoI-verse instead of "Armija"). For the purposes of this example, I choose to use the Latin spelling "Sapernaya" for ease of spelling and consistency re:HoI, where the spellings with y are used instead of j, and omitting the ¨ of the ë for ease of writing. So if you want to call them "Motorized Sappers", I would say "Motosapernaya", but this might also break just about every grammar rule there is. The same for mechanized, as the Soviets just called both motorized and mechanized rifle divisions "Motostrelki". Of course, figuring out a more creative name might also be appropriate, but again, I lack the Russian skills to be very useful for that.
Another interesting concept for the Far East - these dapper formations. At a tactical level (sub unit) I’d probably call them ‘assault pioneers’, who would perform a similar role for an infantry battalion (but are made up of infantrymen trained in battlefield obstacle breaching and defensive preparation and such like, but also fight). Different at the formation level - sappers sounds a good term for actual engineer brigades. Though assault pioneer has an exciting ring to it
All the info I could find on Red Army Assault Pioneer/engineer type units is that they were seemingly all called Sappers, this seems plausible as most nations have only one term for their combat Engineers, some go with 'Sapper', others with 'Pioneer' and/or 'Assault Pioneer'. Reasonably the most that can be done here is calling them Assault Sappers...but this might sill be disingenuous and grammatically fraught. Sapper is the name I'm giving all of the as of yet unconvincingly named Engineer Regiments. (Shorthand SaP for 'Sapernyy Polk')
Maybe going with something entirely different might be interesting, as this is a new type of formation in an alternative timeline, it can be justified. How about something fun like 'Amur Tiger Cavalry', they move quickly through the terrain, they are versatile and carry plenty of bite...it's rarity also makes it an unexpected sight. (only 30-40 of these Tigers were left in the 1940s, which was pretty much their low point in population numbers, preservation efforts and a hunting ban have managed to get that to approximately 530-540 in 2015, Tiger preservation is one of the things no one can fault Putin for doing well)
This should translate to 'Amurskaya tigrovaya kavaleriya'... The final decision on the Division name will be made when the Division is deployed, so this isn't set in stone, yet.