From the Archives

An eclectic mix of stories from the history of REME

From the Archives cover


Published to coincide with the opening of the new Museum of The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in October, this is an edited collection of articles unearthed in the regimental archives.

Modern soldiers depend on their equipment, from the weapons in their hands and the tanks that support them, to the communications equipment that connect them to their commanders. Formed in 1942, the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) have maintained the British Army's equipment and kept their machines moving for nearly 75 years. REME have been involved in every single operation undertaken by the British Army since World War II, and the Corps has some fascinating stories to tell.

This is a collection of some of the fascinating accounts unearthed in the archives and written about in the The Craftsman (the Corps Magazine) and The REME Journal (the publication of The REME Institution) – including the Birth of REME; Operation Grapple – UK Nuclear Testing on Christmas Island; and the Mystery of Mussolini's Boots. It provides unique insights into inspirational deeds and bravery and good-humoured fortitude that have characterised the British Army through the ages.

All profits from the book's sale will go to the REME Benevolent Fund and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Table of Contents


How the Reputation of the Corps was Forged on the Battlefield in 1942/43
The Birth of REME – 'What's in a Name!'
The REME Birth Certificate
The History of the REME Cap Badge
SS Engadine – Advanced Base Workshop (Light) (Floating) REME
Operation Grapple – 2 Special Engineer Regiment Workshop REME (Christmas Island)
REME Airborne Forces 1942 to the Present Day
St Eligius, the Patron Saint of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (and the Legend of the Severed Hoof)
Monty's Caravans
65 years on and the Corps continues to be very much 'On Message'
The Mobile Churches of Saint George and Saint Paul go to War
From Fork Prongs to Silver Medals
Aircraft Servicing in the Army – the Early Days
REME in the Crossing of the Rhine 1945
The First REME Arms School – Rushton Hall
'No News is Bad News!'
Lest We Forget (The Lenham Incident in World War II)
'Fetch Bluebell, Over!'
The Birth of The Craftsman
Colonel-in-Chief HRH The Prince Philip (A Celebration of his 90th Birthday)
Operation Olympia – 29–30 August 1942
The Radfan Incident 1965
REME's Role in the Air Defence of Great Britain
Sweetheart Brooches (or What to give your Loved One on Saint Valentine's Day)
War Horses and the part played by the Army Remount Centre at Arborfield
Humour in Uniform (Funny True Stories about Life in the Military)
Discipline (RSM John Lord 'Style'!)
REME Olympic Heroes (Including the Story of the Soviet Union Pentathlon Team's Disqualification at Montreal in 1976)
REME Fires the Royal Salute
REME Guards The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street
Lest we Forget (REME Memorials in Recent Campaigns)
The Use of Toy Manufacturers in Covert Operations
'Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to work we go…!' (The Origins of the Corps March)
The Mystery of how the REME Museum obtained Mussolini's Boots is Solved!
West Court – Special Training School 6 Special Operations Executive and the Resident Ghost!
The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The REME Officer and the Arctic Convoy!
The Jeep Assembly Competition 1953
The Lynmouth Flood and REME's part in the Disaster Recovery Operation
Monty and the Russian Marshal
Lest we Forget (Christ on the Battlefield)
The REME Museum's Victoria Cross
Arborfield as a Starfish Site
A Brief History of the REME Museum and Archives
Thelwell – From REME Sergeant to Artist and Cartoonist!
REME (SAS) Hero Honoured after 50 years
How the Electrical and Mechanical Services for the Army were Organized before REME was Formed 146
How REME Functioned in the Field During World War II (The Development of the Echelon Repair System)

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Product details

Published Oct 20 2016
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 184
ISBN 9781472822345
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mike Sibbons

Mike Sibbons was commissioned into the Royal Elect…


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