‘A Celebration Of The Corps of Royal Engineers’

The history of engineering in the United Kingdom is inextricably tied to the history of the Corps of Royal Engineers. For centuries, the Corps has been at the forefront of technological innovation and advancement. Unlike the benign environments that their civilian counterparts operate within, military operations require much more of its people - a heady mixture of Ingenuity coupled with Valour is required to ensure success - nowhere is this embodied more evidently than in the Corps of Royal Engineers.

The Corps of Royal Engineers developed much of what today’s society takes for granted. The Corps pioneered siege warfare techniques; early explosives; survey and cartography; the tank; the first guided weapons; early flight; telegraphy and signalling and of course construction projects including the Royal Albert Hall and the extensive coastal defences stretching around the coast of Southern England. Sapper generals led great armies across the globe achieivng seminal victotries and stamping Pax Brittanica on those too slow to appreciate the benefits. This book celebrates 200 years of the Royal Engineer presence in Brompton Barracks, Chatham - Home of the Corps. It is a heavily pictorial march through some of the Corps’ more interesting moments - we hope that you enjoy the bumps and scrapes as much as we have.


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