Behind the Scenes: Preserving the Collection
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Earlier this year, the Museum’s Collections Team began work that will hopefully see objects in the Museum’s extensive collections preserved for a long time to come. In January 2024, the Museum was contacted by the company HiTek-nology Solutions Ltd (HiTek), to discuss the possibility of a joint project. HiTek supplies a range of products designed to preserve metal surfaces and objects. They were searching for a collaborative organisation with which to explore the use of these materials in a heritage environment. The Museum agreed to trial the products, and created a list of objects from the co ..read more
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REME Trades: Vehicle Mechanic, ‘C’ Vehicles
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Author: Celia Cassingham, Museum Archivist  In previous issues, we looked at Vehicle Mechanics ‘A’ and VMs ‘B’ and now it is the turn of VMs ‘C’. I refer you to the previous articles as an aide memoire to the history of the VM Trade as a whole. It is worth noting that as part of the re-organisation of the mechanical trade structure in 1963, Vehicle Mechanic ‘C’ became Vehicle Mechanic ‘B’ (Trained in C Vehicles). In 1968 it was recommended that there should be three categories of vehicle mechanic, namely ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ and by March 1990 the single trade of Vehicle Mechanic was form ..read more
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Remembering: The Lenham Incident
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2w ago
Events at Newlands Stud Farm, Charing Heath in June 1944 led to the largest loss of REME soldiers in a single event. In June 1944, while other units landed and made advances in France, 6 (Guards) Tank Brigade Workshop REME remained in the UK preparing to provide their own reinforcements. The Brigade Workshop (Bde Wksp) had been moved in May from Carlton Hall, near Worksop, to Charing Heath near Lenham, Kent. The Workshop’s war diary is held in our Archives and describes the events at the time. 6 (Guards) Tank Brigade Workshop war diary, June 1944.  On the night of 8 June, the first s ..read more
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REME History: 6 Airborne Division Workshop
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In June 1944, 6 Airborne Division was tasked with: capturing the bridges at Benouville and Ranville, the destruction or neutralisation of the Merville Battery, and the destruction of bridges over the River Dives at Varaville, Robehomme, Bures and Troarn. There were insufficient resources to deliver the Division in a single airlift, so in the first lift, 6 Air Landing Brigade were to take the bridges and 3 Parachute Brigade, the Merville Battery. 5 Parachute Brigade and 6 Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment were to arrive on the second lift. The REME task was to ensure the kit remained op ..read more
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Remembering: The D-Day Soldiers
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Author: Lt Col (Retd) Steve Colling, Corps Historian 80 years ago, Allied forces were gathering in Southern England and making preparations for D-Day. From a REME perspective it was a busy time supporting exercising troops, keeping their kit operational, completing official modifications (and one or two unofficial ones), and waterproofing vehicles and equipment. In addition, REME had to fit-in their own specialist training and hone their military skills. For D-Day itself, the history books tend to focus, perhaps rightly, on the part played by the infantry, tanks, artillery and sappers landing ..read more
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Museum launches a D-Day social media campaign
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From June 2024 until mid-2025, the REME Museum will be delivering an online campaign to commemorate the 80th anniversaries of D-Day and other key operations in 1944-45.  We'll be sharing articles, images and social media posts through research from our Archives and external sources, which will help us to tell the story of REME units and individuals who served on D-Day and on until the end of the war in Europe. Our daily and weekly updates will be loosely based on the template of War Diary reports used by actual REME units while on operations. Please bear in mind there will be some in ..read more
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Collections in Focus: D-Day Decorations
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1M ago
Author: Lucy Brown, Social Media and Digital Marketing Officer The publishing of this blog coincides with the 80th anniversary of D-Day. For those who don’t know, the term ‘D-Day’ technically refers to the day of a scheduled operation or campaign, where D-1 would be the day before, D+1 the day after, D+2 two days after and so on. The same applies for H-Hour, being the hour of the beginning of an operation. However, the legacy of D-Day of Operation Overlord, 6 June 1944, looms so large in our history that the term has become synonymous with that particular day and operation. This article doesn ..read more
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Coming Up: D-Day
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Explore pages related to the history and anniversaries of D-Day, 6 June 1944. This is a redirect page, if you are not automatically directed please click here ..read more
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REME History: DD Tanks
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Author: Zoe Tolman, Assistant Archivist As we're fast approaching the 80th anniversary of D-Day, we're taking a small break from anti-mine devices (we'll get back to them in another article, I promise). This article looks at the development of an excellent example of ingenuity used during the Normandy landings – the DD tank. A Valentine DD tank being launched into the water. Throughout military history, water has always been a massive barrier to military movements. Men (and horses) could swim a certain distance but machinery, especially armour, has always struggled to get across both seas ..read more
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D-Day Talk: Logistic Build-Up to D-Day
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To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, the REME Museum will be hosting talks about the build-up to D-Day. This talk is included in your general admission ticket and will take place in our Conference Room at the stated times. Taking place at 15:00 The Logistic Build-Up to D-Day Much has been written about D-Day and the Normandy campaign, but how the troops and their equipment were marshalled, protected, fed, supplied, trained, hidden, armed, mended etc. has not been well documented. Since "Tactics is the art of the logistically possible" (attributed to General ..read more
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