With Spanners Descending: Short History Of The Royal Electrical And Mechanical Engineers With 1st Airborne Division, 1942 45 by Joe Roberts
Unit History: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Early Days of the Corps. In the days of bow and arrow, pike, sword and battle-axe it was reasonable enough to expect every soldier to be responsible for the upkeep of his own arms and equipment. In fact the Assize of Arms in , which appears to have been the first attempt to legislate for the good condition of Army equipment not only enforced this individual responsibility but also forbade a soldier to sell or pawn his arms and enjoined him to bequeath them to his heirs. With the invention of gunpowder came more complicated weapons and the problem of ammunition supply. This requirement was met by employing civilian tradesmen and by establishing government arsenals and powder factories. Eventually the civilian artificers and armourers became military tradesmen and were combined with the providers of military stores in into the Army Ordnance Corps. The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century affected the army and by World War I it had culminated in an identifiably modern force with machine guns, aircraft, motor vehicles, tanks, optical range finders and radios.
Regiments and Corps. This British Army unit was established in It is responsible for maintaining, recovering and repairing tanks, vehicles, weapons and equipment. During the Second World War , the Army had difficulty providing its men with sufficient training in the maintenance and repair of its increasingly sophisticated vehicles and weapons. It was also impossible to enforce best practices, which resulted in efficiency falling off at a time when a consistently high standard was required. By May , the unit had , officers and men, most of whom had to be released at the end of the war to help revive British industry.
In October , the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) was Explore the history and collections of the Corps of Royal Electrical and.
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The Museum was originally located in Moat House, Arborfield, where it occupied four rooms on the ground floor. The collection included medals, plaques, flags, models, a small weapons collection as well as paintings, photographs and documents. As donations continued and the collection increased in size, it was recognised that Moat House could not accommodate all the historical material available to the Corps. Plans for a new building were included in the revised Garrison facilities built in the early 80s. It went from strength to strength and during its time in that location there were a number of display and building developments. In , the Government announced its decision to establish a tri-service training center as part of a wider Ministry of Defence MoD estates rationalisation programme.
They will be found wherever the army is located at home or overseas. REME is a professional engineering Corps, responsible for ensuring that the Army's equipment is ready to use wherever or whenever it is needed. Our people are engineering leaders and all have a route to professional engineering accreditation. Our soldier trades are:. REME invests in its people. They achieve incredible things as a result of their training and the sense of belonging that comes with being part of the REME family. Their mix of leadership, engineering and military skills set them apart.