Originally Posted by eddy9898
I am struggle to find the information I need from those sites. They did help though, so thanks. Could someone that knows a bit or two about Sappers post their opinion?Thanks.
Try to find these books
in your local library:
Sappers In The Wire (Texas A&M University Military History Series) by Keith, William Nolan
Columbia to the Rhine: Being a Brief History of the Fourth Engineers, and Their Trip from the Columbia River, in the State of Washington, U.S.A., To the Rhine River in Germany
With the Rank and Pay of a Sapper: 216th (Nuneaton) Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers, in the Great War by James Sambrook
8th Army Sapper by Roy Herbert
Sussex sappers: A history of the Sussex Volunteer and Territorial Army Royal Engineer units from 1890 to 1967; by L. F Morling
That should give you a good start.
I haven't really researched Sappers in WWI, but they certainly were pivotal in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. So I would have to assume that this started in WWI. Defeating obstacles and traps is very important to any military operation.