Bridge and Assault Crossing Equipment

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Re: Bridge and Assault Crossing Equipment

Post by Temujin » Thu May 03, 2018 12:27 am

Typical layout of a “bridge site”. Engineers practices building bridges, using this layout in order to KNOW where a part was located on the site. This was especially useful when building bridges at night, as NO LIGHTS were used, and the Engineers needed to find the correct part in the dark.

Drivers, when arriving at the bridging site were also trained to drop their loads of bridge parts using this same layout.

With LOTS of training, Engineer Units could build a typical Bailey Bridge very rapidly, even in the dark, even “under fire” from the enemy.

Engineer units regularily practice “speed building” by holding BRIDGE GALLOPS. Engineer units, would take turns building a bridge, the next unit moving over it, building another bridge, and so on. This method of training developed the speed necessary to build these bridges as quickly as possible.

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From the table below, a typical 80 foot single-single bailey bridge could be built (with manpower only) in TWO hours

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Re: Bridge and Assault Crossing Equipment

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1st Cdn Field Company, RCE constructing a Bailey Bridge over the Staorine River, 1943

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Re: Bridge and Assault Crossing Equipment

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Bill Rawling Scientia Canadensis: Canadian Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine / Scientia Canadensis : revue canadienne d'histoire des sciences, des techniques et de la médecine , vol. 9, n° 2, (29) 1985, p. 114-132.

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Re: Bridge and Assault Crossing Equipment

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The Bailey: The Amazing, All-Purpose Bridge by Larry D. Roberts
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Field Park Company, RCE
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Field Company and Field Squadron
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Rafting Operations - Bailey Raft
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Re: Bridge and Assault Crossing Equipment

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Operation Plunder - Bridge, ferries, and floating bridges across the Rhine River
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Re: Bridge and Assault Crossing Equipment

Post by Temujin » Mon May 14, 2018 9:05 pm

Churchill Bridge - Triple Truss - Double Storey - Class 40 Bailey Bridge built by the 5th Field Company, RCE over Orne River in Caen
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Photo shows “landing nose” of new bridge and engineer’s preparing the bank to recieve it.

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Photo clearly shows the Bailey is 3 panels wide, and two “storey’s” tall.
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This photo shows you the bridge class, and who built the bridge (1207 - Is the Tactical code for the 5th Field Company, RCE)


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