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Facimus et Frangimus

(We make and we break) appeared on the engineer hat badge until 1947. It now only appears on the Corps Cipher

It was then replaced on the current engineer hat badge with

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

(Evil be to him who evil thinks) mirroring the Order of the Garter. This honour was awarded to the RAE in 1947 for their efforts during World War 2

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The Royal Australian Engineer's also adopted the Royal Engineer's practice of calling their private soldiers "Sappers", in recognition of the fact that the very earliest engineer's 

had been driving saps (tunnels) toward the enemy  lines, and underneath fortifications.


We lay down all their rolling roads

And cut down all their trees

And if the orders ever come

We'd forge the raging seas.

Whenever they want to sleep awhile

We put them up a town,

And we build the blasted bridges

So the Infantry wont drown.

We get them over rivers 

And across mountain streams

Do everything but tuck them in

And wish them pleasant dreams.

And when the going's really tough

And shells burst in their ears

A whole division apt to pray,




We are, we are , we are, we are, we are the Engineer's,

We can, we can, we can, we can demolish forty beers,

Drink rum, drink rum, drink rum and come along with us,

For we don't give a dam,

For any old man

Who doesn't give a dam for us.

Chorus (to the tune of "Glory,Glory, Glory Hallelujah)

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Although the Corps does not carry official regimental colours such as those carried by Infantry units, the basic Royal Australian Engineer's colours are red and blue. Colour patches consist of a red feature on a purple field. The banner or flag depiction of the colours consists of a red field with two horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom of the field. 

This in keeping with the Corps of Royal Engineer's, represents two rivers shown in blue with the red background representing all the lives lost to achieve the crossing

The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel with the Fuzzy Wuzzy Hair

Many a mother in Australia

When the busy day is done

Sends a prayer to the Almighty

For the keeping of her son

Asking that an angel guide him

And bring him safely back

Now we see those prayers

Answered on the Owen Stanley track.


Though they haven't any halos

Only holes slashed through their ears

And their faces marked with tattoos

And with pins in their hair

Bring back the badly wounded

As steady as a rock

Using leaves to keep the rain off

And gentle as a horse

Slow and careful in bad places

On the awful mountain track

And the look upon their faces

Makes us think Christ was back

Not a move to hurt the wounded

As they treat him like a saint

It's a picture worth recording

That an artist yet paint

Many a lad will see his mother

And husbands see their wives

From mortar or machine gun fire

Or chance of surprise attack

to safety and care of doctors

May the mothers in Australia

When they offer up a prayer

Mention these Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

With the Fuzzy Wuzzy Hair

Written by a sapper on the Kokoda Trail 1942

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