I wasn't a Combat Eng. but from all of those that I ever talked to, they said that they were just glorified infantry that blows stuff up. From what I know, they were the ones that get a lot more training with explosives and how to build an air strip in a jungle or how to build a quick bridge over a river so troops can cross. They are the ones that would go to the front of an assult to extend bangalor torpedos through the wire to blow the hole. And I'm sure that the bad guys wouldn't be shooting at you at all while you do this!;f In my book, hats off to the CE but I sure wouldn't want to be one!
When in doubt, unload the magazine!