A Thread for ignoring truths and making stuff up! There are many stories of how the Sappers came to be in possession of the coveted blue lanyard. Listen not to those artillerymen that come onto ARRSE with lies in their hearts; but listen to one such tale of daring deeds where the glorious Corps of Royal Engineers outdid the wearers of lanyards white. History is written by the victor, and it is mostly written from the journals of senior officers wishing to have their names bathed in glory for eternity. Rarely do we hear the tale of a common foot soldier and his part in that glory. But I have in my possession the diaries of my great, great grandfather, Orphelius Smith, Sergeant in the Royal Engineers and, from his account, I am able to retell his story of the Battle of Umbangaloo River; a battle forgotten in the mists of time but an example of how Sappers overcome adversity whilst Gunners hung their heads in shame.