Craftsmen of The Army (Kindle)
The Story of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) provides the Army’s integral repair and recovery capability. Its soldiers are deployed at the front line and have to be capable of switching instantly from a technical role to fighting alongside those they support, as their many awards for gallantry demonstrate.
This, the third, volume of REME’s distinguished history covers the period from post-Cold War drawdown to the end of UK combat operations in Afghanistan, during which time REME was continuously involved in operations. The narrative knits together personal accounts of front line experiences with an explanation the political and military background, with a particular focus on equipment support issues.
It explains how REME operates and deals with broader issues related to the procurement and support of equipment, and the changing organisations delivering these vital services, within which members of REME have frequently played key enabling roles.
Although predominantly written by and for past and present members of the Corps, this volume is to be particularly commended for making sense of a particularly knotty period of change, reorganisation and increased rearrangement to create tri-service structures. (The latter intended at their core to save money). It is freely stated that many opportunities for REME officers were lost in this process, but others emerged. If you wore the horse and lightning this is an essential purchase; non-specialists will find a definitive work which is very useful in recording and unravelling particularly turbulent times for the Army. At the price a very worthwhile purchase.Friends of the National Army Museum
★★★★★ Although I have not studied those aforementioned earlier volumes - had they been the story of my own Corps I would have rushed out to find those books ‘missing’ from my own collection and, doubtless learned a lot more than I already knew. If any members of the REME now do likewise, they will not be disappointed.Ned Middleton, Amazon Reviewer
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