All's fair in love and war. However, Tunnel Rats or not, the Sappers were a
special breed. They were among the first Australian forces in Vietnam, with the
Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) who trained South Vietnamese
Author: Jimmy Thomson
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
'We make and we break.' They were the forward scouts, the mine clearers, the bridge builders and the tunnel rats. They were frequently not just on the front line, but right at the sharp end of the action. They were the legendary Aussie sappers, the army engineers, who were literally everywhere in the fighting against the Vietcong. This special breed of soldier lived hard and played hard. They were there at the beginning of the war. They were also among the last to leave. And on the way, they fought alongside their mates in infantry and tanks and bore the brunt of the Vietcong's revenge. To the rest of the world, Vietnam was a conflict of ideologies. On the ground it was a battle of wits and the sappers were at the forefront. This is their story.
Arthur Boer survived almost four years of continual fighting on both the Eastern and Western fronts as a sapper (combat engineer) who found himself in the thick of major battles.
Author: Artur H. Boer
Life in the trenches for German soldiers during World War I was every bit as hellish as it was for Allied troops. Arthur Boer survived almost four years of continual fighting on both the Eastern and Western fronts as a sapper (combat engineer) who found himself in the thick of major battles. He laid barbed wire in no-man's-land under machine gun fire, bet money on aerial combat above the trenches between Baron von Richthofen and the English, faced starvation and crushing boredom. His war diary describes all in gritty detail, including the horror of gas warfare, doomed vainglorious charges and his return home to a ruined Germany.
This last element, the 3man cell, indicates the political origins of the sapper units.
The 3man cell wasthe basic element of Communist Party organization. Sappers
were expected tobe good Communists, but notallwere. By war's end,it ...
Author: James F. Dunnigan
Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive reality in a clear, concise manner. Containing more than two hundred examinations of different aspects of the war, the book questions why the American military ignored the lessons taught by previous encounters with insurgency forces; probes the use of group think and mind control by the North Vietnamese; and explores the role technology played in shaping the way the war was fought. Of course, the book also reveals the "dirty little secrets," the truth behind such aspects of the conflict as the rise of the Montagnard mercenaries--the most feared group of soldiers participating in the secret war in Laos-and the details of the hidden struggle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail. With its unique and perceptive examination of the conflict, Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War by James F. Dunnigan & Albert A. Nofi offers a critical addition to the library of Vietnam War history.
Author: H. C. McNeile / SapperPublish On: 2017-08-07
that zero hour is 11.30 a.m.; he knows his objective—Suffolk Trench; he knows
the strong point at its northern end which the sappers are going to consolidate. The Sapper has found his section subaltern and his section nursing coils of
Author: H. C. McNeile / Sapper
This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Herman Cyril McNeile (1888-1937) commonly known as H. C. McNeile or Sapper, was a British soldier and author. Drawing on his experiences in the trenches during the First World War, he started writing short stories and getting them published in the Daily Mail. McNeile's stories are either directly about the war, or contain people whose lives have been shaped by it. His war stories were considered by contemporary audiences as anti-sentimental, realistic depictions of the trenches, and as a "celebration of the qualities of the Old Contemptibles". "No one who has ever given the matter a moment's thought would deny, I suppose, that a regiment without discipline is like a ship without a rudder. True as that fact has always been, it is doubly so now, when men are exposed to mental and physical shocks such as have never before been thought of. The condition of a man's brain after he has sat in a trench and suffered an intensive bombardment for two or three hours can only be described by one word, and that is—numbed. The man becomes half-stunned, dazed; his limbs twitch convulsively and involuntarily; he mutters foolishly—he becomes incoherent. Starting with fright he passes through that stage, passes beyond it into a condition bordering on coma; and when a man is in that condition he is not responsible for his actions. His brain has ceased to work...” - H. C. McNeile, Men, Women and Guns Table of Contents: When Carruthers Laughed Mufti John Walters Men, Women and Guns No Man's Land The Human Touch Word of Honour The Man in Ratcatcher The Lieutenant and Others Sergeant Michael Cassidy, R.E. Jim Brent
Albert John (Jack) Martin was thirty two years old when he was called up to serve in the army in September 1916.
Author: Albert John Martin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK
Albert John (Jack) Martin was thirty two years old when he was called up to serve in the army in September 1916. These diaries, written in secret and hidden from colleagues, present the Great War with heartbreaking clarity, in a voice compelling and distinctive, from the point of view of the ordinary Tommy.
Author: Thomas William John ConnollyPublish On: 1857
Movements in France - Return of six companies from thence to EnglandStrength
of those remaining , and detachments from them - St . Helena Return of company
from Italy - Disbandment of the war company of Maltese sappers - Battle of ...
Author: Thomas William John ConnollyPublish On: 1855
Movements in France - Return of six companies from thence to England -
Strength of those remaining , and detachments from them - St . HelenaReturn of
company from Italy — Disbandment of the war company of Maltese sappers - Battle of ...
Author: Thomas William John Connolly
Publisher: London : Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans
SAPPERS. The siege lines are complete. They are bottled up in that castle and
they will stay that way until they starve to death or surrender. Hakaar, Dwarf Sapper When a war host takes to the field, it always includes a contingent of sappers.
Author: Chris Pramas
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Despite their short stature, dwarves are among the fiercest and most feared fighters of all the races. From an initial examination of the fighting methods of the individual dwarf soldier, this volume expands its focus to look at how they do battle in small companies and vast armies. It covers all of their troop types from the axemen that form the front lines of battle to their deadly accurate crossbowmen. Also examined are their tactics in specific situations such as underground fighting and combat in mountainous terrain. Finally, the book examines a few specific battles in great detail in order to fully demonstrate the dwarven way of war.
This book has been written keeping in view the requirements of undergraduate and postgraduate students and research scholars in the area of Military History & weapons and warfare.
Author: Syed Ramsey
Publisher: Vij Books India Pvt Ltd
There are a wide range of ancient weapons from around the globe. Ancient weapons are often advancements on the earlier phase of weapons development, the primitive weapons man first created for hunting and warfare. However, some have no primitive predecessors, like the sword. Swords can only be crafted through a forging process that had not been invented in the earliest phase of weapon construction. Ancient weapons come in three forms, ranged weapons, melee (close combat) and siege weapons. Many of these weapons, like the sword, are almost universally known while others like the bizarre hunga-munga are little known and defy classification. The age of ancient weapons technically ended with the dawn of the medieval period, but these human powered weapons continued to dominate battlefields up until the ascendance of firearms. However, they can still be found on battlefields up to this very day. This book has been written keeping in view the requirements of undergraduate and postgraduate students and research scholars in the area of Military History & weapons and warfare.
The sappers moved again making more noise. “Sir,” a Delta perimeter guard
came to the CP. “I think we got movement inside the claymores.” “You see
anything?” O'Hare asked. He was up. He put out his cigarette. “Whatcha got,
Author: John M. Del Vecchio
Publisher: Warriors Publishing Group
Three classic novels by John M. Del Vecchio about Vietnam, Cambodia, and the aftermath of war. A classic combat novel and National Book Award finalist, The 13th Valley follows the terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in the North Vietnamese Army–infested mountains of the I Corps Tactical Zone. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account plunges Chelini into jungle warfare and traces his evolution from semi-pacifist to all-out, combat-crazed soldier. The seminal novel on the Vietnam experience, The 13th Valley is a classic that illuminates the war in Southeast Asia like no other book. Some reviewers have called For the Sake of All Living Things the most terrifying book they have ever read. This saga follows a rural Cambodian family—father Chhoun; his beautiful daughter, Vathana; and his young son, Samnang, who becomes the Khmer Rouge yothea Met Nang—from the mid-sixties through the escalation of the civil war, into the horrors of the holocaust, and finally to the country’s quest for rebirth. Documenting their story is American Special Forces Captain John Sullivan who served with the Military Equipment Delivery Team, and who has fallen in love with Vathana. Carry Me Home brings the troops back to America—a nation confused and divided by the wars in Southeast Asia. In this poignant epic, Del Vecchio transports a group of soldiers to their final battlefield: the home front. High Meadow Farm, in the fertile hill country of central Pennsylvania, becomes their salvation. In Vietnam they had been brothers in arms. Now, in the face of personal tragedy and bureaucratic deception, they create an even deeper allegiance—one of the spirit and of the land. This is the remarkable story of the veterans’ struggle to find one another and themselves. In its scope, breadth, and brilliance, Carry Me Home is much more than a novel about Vietnam vets; it is a testament to history and hope, to hometowns and homecomings, to love and loss, and to faith and family. It is an inspiring and unforgettable novel about America itself.
The handlers cautiously exited the hootch and walked toward the bodies of the sappers. The dogs ... Even though no one recognized the change they all agreed
there was a dramatic difference in the way they barked before the sapper attack.
Author: Richard Melton
Publisher: Primedia E-launch LLC
Vietnam - A Dog's War is about a group of men who were trained to walk patrol point with a German Shepherd dog. This book is about the dogs and some of the incredible things they did to save lives.
In such a state of feeling May . every circumstance of an exceptional character is
misinterpreted into an indication of offence , and when it was known to the Sappers at Roorkhee that the Sirmoor Battalion - a regiment of Goorkahs
In such a state of feeling every circumstance of an exceptional character is
misinterpreted into an indication of offence, and when it was known to the Sappers at Roorkhee that the Sirmoor Battalion—a regiment of Goorkahs
commanded by ...
BELOW: Marmon Herrington Mk II scout car of 1 Fd Sqn with Sapper Harry Green
manning the Bren gun. Used for longdistance patrols into enemy-held territory,
patrols would go out for a week or more to gather information and data on enemy
Author: George Forty
Publisher: Air Sea Media
70 years ago, on 7 June 1944, the British 7th Armored Division landed in Normandy, halfway through a wartime journey that had started in north Africa. Formed on 16 February 1940, it adopted the Jerboa as its divisional signÑand while many units that fought in the desert call themselves by the name, 7th Armoured Division are the original ÔDesert RatsÕ. The division helped destroy the Italian Tenth Army at Beda Fomm on 7 February 1941, defeat the Desert?FoxÑRommelÑat El Alamein in October 1942, and drive Axis forces out of North?Africa. After the desert, 7th Armored Division landed at Salerno on 15 September 1943, in time to help repulse concerted German counterattacks, beforeÑas part of U.S. Fifth ArmyÕs British X CorpsÑit took Naples and crossed the Volturno. Pulled out of Italy, it reached England in January 1944 where it prepared to enter the Northwestern European theater at Gold Beach from 7 June, equipped with the new Cromwell and the Sherman Firefly. The division had difficulties in Normandy, particularly at Villers-Bocage, and suffered the ignominy of having its GOCÑGeorge ErskineÑand a number of officers sacked and moved to other positions. Erskine was replaced by Gerald Lloyd Verney on 4 August 1944. He helped reinstill confidence and discipline to the division which took part in the Allied liberation of France and Belgium, entering Ghent in September. Verney was, in turn, replaced by Lewis Lyne in November 1944 and Lyne led the division on their final advance through Holland and into Germany. The Desert Rats ended the war with the liberation of Hamburg on 3 May 1945 after one of the most remarkable military journeys in history and was chosen to take part in the Allied victory parade held in Berlin on 21 July 1945. Winston Churchill recognized the achievements of the division when he spoke at the opening of a soldiersÕ club in Berlin: ÔDear Desert Rats! May your glory ever shine! May your laurels never fade! May the memory of this glorious pilgrimage of war which you have made from Alamein, via the Baltic to Berlin never die!Õ Desert Rats at War is an evocation of what it was like to serve with the division, in the African desert and Europe, from the first encounters by the Mobile Force in 1940 to Berlin in 1945. Full of eyewitness accounts and private photos, Desert Rats at War has been completely revised and updated, with additional text, maps and photographs.
Author: Robert P. BroadwaterPublish On: 2014-08-26
Sappers and miners are combat engineers whose specialized duty it is to dig
trenches, under cover of small arms or artillery fire, to advance a besieging army
toward a fixed enemy fortification. They also dig tunnels, extending beyond the ...
Author: Robert P. Broadwater
This timely addition to Civil War history shares the stories of 25 unique military organizations, showing how past and future collided in the first modern war. • Covers all of the varied and unique units that emerged during the Civil War, including machine gunners, submariners, and others made possible by advances related to the Industrial Revolution • Examines what happened when archaic military units met new and innovative units that saw their first service in this game-changing conflict • Shares the histories of African American and Native American units and of women and children who fought • Connects past and future and provides insights into how the application of new technologies during the Civil War impacted warfare for future generations
Following in the wake of the 9th Lancers and the 5th Punjab Cavalry came the Sappers with every engineer officer in camp , their orders being to blow up and
burn all the villages and forts lately occupied by the enemy . The cavalry had ...
1 Bengal Mountain Battery , 98 Sappers , 162 Establishment of No. 5 stockade ,
rifles , Norfolks , and 255 rifles , 42nd Gurkha Light Infantry , to establish a post ,
No. 4 stockade ( 14 ) , at Ehsin Sakan , the greater part of the mule - track to
The bucket wobbled around on the dipper because the pin was too small for the
dipper arm. It was part of the war stock, equipment, which is held in huge
warehouses, for a war. It should be kept up to date but because of budget cuts,