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Military engineering campaign

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Historical background
Throughout military history commanders have always had the need to move obstacles and build defensive positions. This role has always been carried out by the sappers! These unique soldiers have always been at the forefront of battle, weather it is clearing mines and other explosives, establishing forward operating base's or rebuilding the infrastructure of the civilian population.

In modern times, this role has become more mechanised with a wide verity of specialised vehicles being developed to carry out a wide range of roles, everything from digging trenches to clearing mines and laying bridges where there was no other way to cross a gap, all whilst providing armoured protection to the crew inside. As these vehicles developed the need to repair and recover these and other vehicles on the battlefield became evident, this led to the development of specialist repair and recovery equipment. Many of these vehicles are based upon their fighting counter parts fitted with cranes and winches instead of offensive weaponry. All of these elements have come together, to fulfil what are very important battlefield roles to keep the army's of the world moving forward while supporting civilians in projects to improve their quality of life.
The campaign
The scope of the campaign was to cover all aspects of military engineering. This included everything from mine clearing to recovery vehicles. This campaign covered all scales but most of the entry's were in 1/35 scale. There was a wide verity of vehicles entered in this campaign, everything from WW2 to more modern subjects. The M32 seemed to be a very popular choice! The campaign ran from the 1st of June 2010 until 31st of December2010, with a sapper inspired ribbon being awarded to all those who completed the campaign.
The results
58 People entered the campaign with 17 successfully completing the campaign.
  • bf443- M113 dozer.
  • mmeier- LAV R.
  • torchy- Churchill AVLB.
  • wolfangel-Bergepanzer 35T
  • Tonyfr- LAV R
  • eman- Bruckenleger.
  • indea11a- M32.
  • sfctur1- M578 recovery vehicle.
  • warreni- Bergepanzer.
  • CMOT- Bergepanther.
  • SGTJKL- Borgward.
  • mat- VT 72 B.
  • HARV- M32.
  • docdios- M31 ARV
  • Mechforce- AAVP7A1 recovery.
  • itb073- German WW2 Diorama.
  • sudzonic- M1 Panther 2.
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About the Author

About Scott Sutherland (Sudzonic)
FROM: SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building kits for as long a i can remember and started to build modern armor, when i joined the British territorial army. Where i spent time in the infantry as an assault pioneer and I also spent a short stint with the royal engineers. I qualified as a AFV/AIRCRAFT recognition instructor...


Comments

Scott, Thanks so much for posting this campaign as a feature. I personnaly think all campaigns should be turned into features. Then again, who am I to talk. I know it has to be very time comsuming to do so let alone run a campaign. Once again thank you and thanks for your time!
MAR 27, 2011 - 07:40 PM
I'm going to make it a point to follow Scott's example here and put together a feature on all of the campaigns I run. These features are indeed very motivational and provide more substance than a simple campaign gallery. Great job Scott, and to all who finished in this campaign!
MAR 27, 2011 - 07:48 PM
This was a great job here by Scott the campaign leader. Congratulations to all those that were able to complete their builds. It was a shame that the campaign didn't run a little longer as some interesting stuff was started but never finished. Maybe Scott will run Military Engineering Campaign II in the future
MAR 28, 2011 - 01:44 AM
I'm game, as long as it's not till this winter or later
MAR 28, 2011 - 06:41 AM
Hay guys thank you for the positive feed back it means a lot. I may well run another one next year some time, as I have a few more campaigns to over see in the next year or so. Thanks again guys
MAR 28, 2011 - 06:47 AM
Thanks for the "campaign summary" / feature as well as the campaign itself. Great job.
MAR 28, 2011 - 08:11 AM
Nice feature with excellent entries. It was a fun to participate. Thanks for posting and running the campaign.
MAR 28, 2011 - 02:25 PM