History Of the Royal Engineers


Royal Engineers Association

North Wales Branch


History of the Royal Engineers Association


The Royal Engineers, or Sappers as they are known, have blazed a trail of innovation and achievement through history. The term Sappers originates from the trenches or 'saps' which engineers were employed to build towards enemy positions to allow the placing and detonating of explosive charges.

Originally called Sappers and Miners, the name Sappers has stuck with the Royal Engineers throughout their history.

From the earliest developments in military aviation, signalling and and tank warfare to the very latest bridging systems and map making techniques, the Sappers have operated at the cutting edge of technology and frequently in the most inhospitable conditions.


That commitment to ingenuity and the problem solving of practical problems is as strong today as it has ever been and the Sappers continue to fulfil an essential role all over the world.


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Website Launched - The new North Wales REA Branch Website is now online. The website will provide you with all the latest News and event updates.


Meeting Details - The Branch meeting takes place on the 1st Monday of the month, at the Blind Veterans UK Llandudno. Queens Road, Llandudno LL30 1UT. at 1900hrs for a 1930hrs start.


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Royal Engineers Association North Wales Branch Website now online - Branch Meetings First Monday of every Month at 19:30pm