The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 18 (1940) > Issues > Issue 6 > Major-General L. W Amps. O.B.E. M.I.Struct.E Director of Auxiliary Military Pioneer Service
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Major-General L. W Amps. O.B.E. M.I.Struct.E Director of Auxiliary Military Pioneer Service

MODERN warfare, with its mechanisation and its greatly increased use of the aeroplane, has become a highly complicated and intricate organisation. Engineering construction in all its branches must be called upon to supply the aerodromes, railways, roads, camps, hospitals and all the services which are indispensable to an army in the field. The technical units in the army supply the skilled tradesmen and supervision for such works, but in order to enable them to be carried out with speed and efficiency there must also be a supply of unskilled labour organised and ready to be sent at a moment's notice to any part of the area occupied by an expeditionary force. It is for this reason that the War Office decided to form, shortly after the outbreak of war, the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. The Corps consists mainly of men who are too old to undertake front line duties; many were in the last war and served with gallantry and distinction in several theatres of war, and their keenness and discipline is no whit less now than it was in the old days.