The Corps of Engineers was formed in 1716.  After expansion and many expeditions around the world, the Corps of Royal Engineers was formally established in 1856.  Royal Engineers are unique multi-skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen, providing essential support to all areas of defence in peacetime and on operations.  Royal Engineer soldiers are called ‘Sappers’, originating from the French word Sappe (meaning trench or spadework) and became connected with military engineering during the 17th century.  When trenches and tunnels called ‘Saps’, were engineered by the soldiers to cause the walls of forts under siege to collapse, and their diggers became known as ‘Sappers’.

The ‘Corps of Royal Engineers Tartan’ is the only officially registered tartan in the world, to celebrate the Corps of Royal Engineers. And is fully endorsed by the Corps of Royal Engineers.

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