Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Museum is located just outside the REME training establishment at MoD Lyneham, near Chippenham in Wiltshire. It is home to thousands of artefact that tell the story of REME but the thing that has attracted me here are the large armoured recovery vehicles and the weapons and uniform collections.
Prior to REME's formation in 1942, maintenance and repair of equipment was the responsibility of the various arms of service. However, by the start of WWII, it was increasingly clear that existing repair systems were not adequate for the massive scale of equipment being deployed in every theatre. REME was formed around the existing Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) skilled personnel drawn from the Royal Engineers (RE) and the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC).
|Sherman Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle, or BARV for short. This example was used on the D-Day beaches to remove obstacles and recover damaged machinery.|
|6x4 Light Breakdown Morris Commercial. These vehicles came into service in the mid 1930's and were used in various roles throughout the war.|
|These desert goggles were owned by General Von Thoma and were given to Montgomery on the formers capture in Tunisia.|
|A 4x4 Bedford QL Type L Machinery truck....|
|Inside the Bedford is a mobile workshop.|
|Mussolini's Boots! These metal boots are from the statue seen in the picture, |
which once stood in Piazza Castello in Tripoli, Libya.
|6x4 Scammell Pioneer was an excellent off road recovery vehicle. The museums exhibit was the last Scammell in British Service in Belize and was nicknamed 'Swampy'.|
|Challenger Armoured Recovery Repair and Recovery Vehicle (CRARRV) is the REME specific version of the Challenger Main Battle Tank.|
|The Sampson Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)) and first saw service in the Falklands Conflict.|
|Me, playing in the childrens mock ARV. I couldn't resist.|
|International Half--Track M5 was used extensively up to the 1970's when it was replaced by the FV434|
|The FV434 is another REME specific vehicle based on the FV430 series of vehciles. The Hydraulic crane is able to remove the engine packs in other FV434's and tow those vehicles from the field.|
|ST4 AKTIV Snow Trac is powered by the Volkswagon engine normally found in the Beetle car.|
|The museum also holds a large weapons collection.|
|There is also an extensive medal collection, many accompanied by very interesting stories.|