Book Review
Royal Armoured Engineers
Royal Armoured Engineers
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


The modern Royal Armoured Engineers are a truly special formation within the British Army. This publication provides in-depth coverage with written information and photographs showing the historical background, the tactics, the organisation and active service of a Regiment Royal Engineers in Germany and on international missions with a special focus on the specialised vehicle pool.


The books released by Tankograd publishing are usually within the 60 to 70 page count using a good quality glossy paper for the presentation of the contents. These are protected by a card cover that does a pretty good job as long as the books are not abused by liquids and the like. The pages are held in place with staples which is possibly the only weak aspect of the books as a whole. This particular offering has no less than three authors who are Daniel Nowak, Simon Copley-Smith and Tim Matzold. This offering is a duel language release with German text on the right and English on the left of each page.

The British Royal Engineers really came into their own with General Hobbart’s funnies during World War 2. The 79th Armoured Division helped clear obstacles such as mines and bunkers and even put flame throwing tanks into the field. The clearing of obstacles is still tackled today by the Royal Engineers today in custom designed vehicles such as Titan and Trojan and this title from Tankograd looks at vehicles such as these and their users in the field with 32 Engineer Regiment.

In addition to the tracked vehicles Tankograd has also provided photographic detail on the wheeled vehicles used by 32 Engineer Regiment and provided a good level of detail on them, everything from the humble Land Rover that has served so well for longer than I have been on the planet, to the trucks used for recovery and mounting cranes that allows and enables this unit to complete so many tasks unaided by the rest of the army.

The photographs in the title are very pleasing to me being of good quality and in colour, the focus is spot on and enables the viewer to pick out details they may be looking for. If it is the photographs that sell the book then it is the captions that make them worth the money; the captions are provided in both German and English and at what I think if as the meat to the bones and provide information that you could not get from the image alone.


This offering from Tankograd is a must for anyone interested in the Royal Engineers or for that matter vehicles beyond the ordinary. The text is well written and the photographs are first rate. The captions provided with each image are what make this book for me as it lifts the photographs to a higher informative level.
Darren Baker takes a look at a release from Tankograd Publishing which this time around looks at the Royal Armoured Engineers.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: Nr. 9002
  Suggested Retail: €14.95
  PUBLISHED: Oct 12, 2020
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)

I have been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Looks like a good reference book with some good images. Only minor gripe is the title, There is no Royal Armoured Engineer, that makes it sound like a unit. As a whole they are the Corps of Royal Engineers, or commonly "Royal Engineers". You have XX Engineer Regt, which then breaks down into X Armoured Engineer Sqn or X Armoured Field Sqn ..... Ok, I know its very minor and most people are not bothered, but as Im still serving, I like the correct unit terminology ...... minor gripe finished lol ...... and it does look a good book !!
OCT 13, 2020 - 06:02 PM
seems to be an updated edition with approximately 25% new pictures.
NOV 02, 2020 - 12:04 AM

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