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Old May 19th, 2009, 03:34 AM   #1
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hey, I need some help with my Grade 10 History Assignment. Hey people, I am in the middle of researching an assignment about WW1. I had to choose a topic and base my essay and research around that. I chose the unit Sappers as I am extremely interested in them and find them to be a key role in most wars. The only problem facing is the research part which is the base of my essay. I can't seem to find any good information online that has something to do with them. There are very few sites that I have found that mention the unit more than once. Anyway, I would really appreciate it if some you guys and girls could help me with my research? I need research information for these three questions. If you know some research yourself please post in this thread with it or if you know a site that has some information about it please post. Thank you. Q1. How influential were the sappers, in key battles, in the ultimate outcome of the battle? Q2. Without bridges, the clearance of land mines, demolitions, field defences as well as building, road and airfield construction and repair, how could the british function without them? Q.3 How would the british Sources Found so far:
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, http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question...7214308AARUnBo , http://usmilitary.about.com/od/army/a/sappertab.htm , "The impact of the sapper on the Viet-Nam war" , "The History of the Corps of Royal Sappers and Miners" Definitions: I am kind of confused here? Broader Context: Did the Sappers have a key role in winning the Allies WW1? If you need anymore "signs of work" I will provide it. Thank you very much. Ps, I also want to say that this forum is the best History forum that I have found and has been extremely helpful for me. Thanks.

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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:52 AM   #2

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try here:

http://www.remuseum.org.uk/
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:01 AM   #3

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Ever thought of looking in books instead?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:01 AM   #4

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I also want to say that this forum is the best History forum that I have found and has been extremely helpful for me. Thanks.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #5

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There is a book called "Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment" by Geoffrey Hayes, if you can find it there is a chapter in it about sappers, in fact I think the chapter title is just "Sappers" or maybe "Sappers of Vimy" and it's pretty insightful regarding the Canadian sappers at Vimy Ridge.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies so far, i only put that last part about how I love the site there because I thought there was no need to make another thread. Keep them coming please. That's the thing i am struggling to find books related to the European Sappers.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 03:18 PM   #7
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The site given by Belisarius is probably the best on the web for the RE’s but also try the link below.

The Royal Engineers of 1914-1918
This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the Royal Engineers.
http://www.1914-1918.net/cre.htm
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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #8
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Thank you for all the help so far. You guys are great.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #9
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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.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 05:55 AM   #10

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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.
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