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Corps formed from the Royal Engineers


Many new Corps and organisations have been formed from the origins of the Royal Engineers including:


1912 - Royal Flying Corps, later the Royal Air Force RAF


The Royal Engineers' interest in aeronautics began in the 1860's when they explored the possibilities of using air balloons for aerial observation purposes. This interest developed into an interest in fixed winged aircraft. In 1912 the Royal Flying Corps, the fore runner of the Royal Air Force (RAF), was formed from the Royal Engineers.


1920 - Royal Corps of Signals (from the Telegraph and Signal Service)


The Royal Engineers interest in military communications began during the Crimean War (1854-56), when they were given an opportunity to use telegraph equipment. In the 1860's the Royal Engineers developed a system of flag and lamp signalling for use on military campaigns. By the end the First World War the Royal Engineers (Signal Service) had so developed and expanded that it was decided that it should become a corps in its own right - the Corps of Royal Signals formed in 1920.


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