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#1

Can anybody tell me something about this bridge on these photo's from the D-Day period in France ?

 

Peter.

 

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#2

From what I can ascertain, it's a single-single Bailey Bridge which was constructed by the 347th Engineers.

 

You can find a bit more info on that unit, right here:

 

http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/eng...?showtopic=1823

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#3

From what I can ascertain, it's a single-single Bailey Bridge which was constructed by the 347th Engineers.

 

You can find a bit more info on that unit, right here:

 

http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/eng...?showtopic=1823

 

Spoken like a true Engineer's Daughter! :armata_PDT_37:

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#4

Ah, thank you DD! I have to laugh when I hear myself talking, at times. It's like, where did I learn this STUFF. I almost sound like I know what I'm talking about! Yikes!

 

:lol:

 

Let's just say I've had a LOT of great teachers along the way. You need to be a good student before you can be a great teacher!

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#5

Peter,

 

It seems to me that this is the same bridge but I'm not sure!

 

 

Bridge Soulles (Coutances)

 

Coutances is freed only July 28th by the Americans coming from perriers,Saint- sauveur-lendelin and monthuchon . Resistances German is marginal. But the city, already destroyed in 60 % by bombardments, is almost empty.

 

The taken back city, a part of the troops Americans come down up to the bridge of soulles to go towards gavray.

 

 

Picture of the bridge of soulles nowadays

 

VEE

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#6

The article states they worked on the Vire River Railroad Bridge

 

...began building the double-track, three-span masonry arch railway bridge over the Vire River on the Lison-St Lo Line. This would have started on August 4th, 1944. It says bombing had damaged the center span.

 

They worked on several bridges around St Lo, but also worked on another masonry-arch bridge over the Soulle River.It states it was missing a span eighty feet over the river.

 

So it looks like it may be the Soulle River Bridge

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#7

Vee,

I think your right!

 

What I found at the link provided was this.

A six span, single track structure with one span missing eighty feet over the Soulle river at Coutances.

 

This was the first opportunity for Company D of the 347th to employ the British unit construction railway bridge.

Using the special launching nose, the engineers launched a fifty-foot unit to span the arch opening.

 

Then they installed a timber strut just below the unit to resist thrust from adjacent arches carrying the weight of heavy locomotives.

 

Looks like this could be the one.

ps Vee could you e-mail me those photo's?

 

Thanks'

Peter

 

just another couple of photo's.

 

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#8

Whew, those photos sure show the height and breath of that. Makes my palms sweat! Can you imagine working on that bridge. Not me; afraid of heights!

:pdt20:

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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