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Old 17-02-2010, 13:54
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I have absolutely no idea how I came to own this postcard, or what it is depicting.

The card is published by "W. Naylor, Eastgate Series, 212 High Street, Rochester" ... whether that suggests a local scene or not I do not know.

I assume they are Army chaps ... Royal Engineers ...??, and it looks like they might be building a bridge ..??

I would be interested if anyone has any ideas
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Hi Clive I for my sins was once a field engineer, I think they are trying to shift a boulder. Most likely an excise otherwise they would blow it up. Nice picture thanks for posting it.

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Hi Clive.I agree with Guz,it does look like some kind of exercise either that or a leadership task similar to the ones we had to do at Royal Arthur!...Steve.
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Old 17-02-2010, 20:36
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'...For the putting up of poles and the digging up of holes for the soljery...' I forget the author.Kipling? I believe they may be building some form of flying fox for a high line or bridging a gap.Only in practice I guess.Being required to wear their caps like that whilst carrying out the evolution must be a pain.
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Old 17-02-2010, 20:40
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Hi John.Yes thats Kipling OK.You can tell his style a mile away...Regards Steve.
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Old 17-02-2010, 21:32
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Steve and John this is with with out doubt a training method in sheer legs triple blocks and bracing to shift heavy objects. And to teach the rookies about stresses and strains. You would be amazed what weights two men can lift with ropes and triple blocks.

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Ki Guz.Tell me about it.Shades of Royal Arthur,trying to get a 500lb bomb into a Scimitar cockpit,or making a hanging Pawnbrokers sign on a scaffold with old mooring buoys!!!!... Regards Steve.
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Sure, having served with a French engineer unit for a while, it looks like what we call "une chevre" which is a system of poles, ropes and pulleys which permit the transport of heavy loads over a gap of any kind.

Once up and running it works very well indeed.
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Volume 2 of The War Illustrated in the issue of 27th March 1915 has a photograph on page 126 of members of 3 Field Company Royal Australian Engineers building a suspension bridge over an Egyptian watercourse. Your postcard depicts Royal Engineers building a similar bridge obviously in training (no weapons in evidence) and possibly on Laffan's Plain Aldershot over a dry gap. If I can scan the picture I will post it shortly.
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Having difficulty uploading picture. Success at last sorry I could not remove Moire effect. Van
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I didn't notice the bit about the Rochester photographer. This and the piles of chalky soil could mean the training area could be at Upnor!
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This month's Sapper magaszine has an article about the Ravelin, part of the Chatham defences and shows pictures of Sappers building a suspension bridge, with squared timbers rather than the logs in the Postcard at the startof this thread. Looking again at that one, just descernible under the angled log at the left is a chimney and a domed tower, seen more clealry in the Sapper photograph, which is still visible on the building housing the RE Museum.
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