The Royal Engineers at Chatham 1750-2012

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The Royal Engineers at Chatham 1750-2012

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ISBN
9781848020986
Author
Peter Kendall
Published by
English Heritage
Publication Date
October 2012
Format
Hardback
Extent
192 pages, 174 illustrations
Dimensions
219 x 276 mm
Series
Architectural History

Chatham, on the River Medway in Kent, is a site of international military significance. It has been vitally important for the defence of the nation for more than four centuries, ever since the Royal Navy used the river here as a safe anchorage for mooring their warships and a dockyard was built.

The Royal Engineers at Chatham 1750-2012 is a superbly illustrated book, using previously unpublished archives, Peter Kendall tells for the first time the story of the defences that protected the dockyard and the key route to London, from substantial lines of earthen ramparts and ditches to major citadels and innovative forts. Part of his narrative focuses on how the Medway area developed a major role in the storage of explosives and artillery, how the first training school for the Royal Engineers was founded at Chatham in 1812 and how the soldiers were trained in siege exercises, which were huge spectacles attracting thousands of spectators.

The author gives the human side of the military training and conflicts, with his descriptions of the life endured by the new recruits and the terrible conditions in barracks that were gradually improved at Chatham and elsewhere, particularly following on from the Crimean War. 
  1. Early Days
  2. On the Defensive
  3. The First Chatham Lines
  4. Barracks and Billeting, 1756-1801
  5. Reinforcing the Chatham Lines
  6. Napoleonic Wars and the Threat of Invasion
  7. The New Fortifications
  8. Firepower and Sieges
  9. Barracks and Brompton
  10. After the Napoleonic Wars
  11. The Crimean War and Reform
  12. The School of Military Engineering
  13. Reforming Soldiers Lives
  14. New Fortifications and World War I
  15. World War II to the present day
  16. 21st-Century Royal Engineers and the Royal School of Military Engineer


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