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US Pontoon Bridge WWII February 25, 2013

Posted by anagasto in building, history, WWII.
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This is  a bridge supported by barges or caissons : the US Army Corps of Engineers is setting up a transport corridor across the Rhine : Germany is being invaded.

The photographer is unknown and the photo is in public domain as a work of a U.S. Army Corps of  Engineers according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pontoon_bridge_Rhine_River_1945.jpg

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pontoon bridge US army 1945

Ceasar once set up a bridge across the Rhine in 10 days.
And Napoleon’s engineers at the Beresina : to get wood and materials they pulled down houses and built an emergency bridge, but it collapsed under the weight of the fleeing and dying soldiers.

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US army smokescreen 1945

Smokescreens to protect them : they were being shelled while they worked.
The photos and the little text extract below are of the 150th Combat Engineers bridging the Rhine River. Go and see! It’s a great site, many photos!

pontoon on the rhine wwii

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It is wrong to compare WWII to what has been going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Those men were not paid for their work, nor for the risks they took under orders.

And the reasons for that war were known and obvious to almost everybody.
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Comments»

1. pendrive9 - April 19, 2009

You’ll have to look up today’s NYT , something called “The Scary Caterpillar” about the history of using insects in war. It is meant as a comment on the recent disclosures concerning the Bush administration’s interrogation techniques.


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