What is a Bailey Bridge?

Introduction A Bailey bridge is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge. It was developed in 1940-1941 by the British for military use during the Second World War and saw extensive use by British, Canadian and US military engineering units. A Bailey bridge has the advantages of requiring no special tools or heavy equipment to… Read More

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Military ‘Tech Pay’: RRP vs EPRA

In 2018, the Royal Navy introduced a recruitment and retention payment (RRP) for naval service engineers, which is paid as a daily rate to those who are OR-4 and above in lieu of the engineering professional recognition award (EPRA) which is paid to Army personnel. Army personnel do not qualify for the naval payment, but… Read More

What are the Current Uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the British Army?

Introduction The British Army has a number of uses for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). What Software is Used? The relevant Army unit uses ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine software. What Services Are Offered? The majority of the support provided by this unit to other units is simple points and lines to enhance base mapping, completed in… Read More

Some Interesting Facts about the Corps of Royal Engineers

The Corps of Engineers was formed on 26 May 1716, consisting of only 28 officers. After expansion and many expeditions throughout the world, the Corps of Royal Engineers was formally established in 1856, consisting of both officers and other ranks. In 1875, the Royal Engineers Army Football Club won the FA Cup. In January 1879,… Read More