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Title:ACTIVITIES NORTH OF CAEN, JUNE - EARLY JULY 1944 (PART 7) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 47-8
Summary: 3rd Division engineers filmed preparing a site on the Mue River for the construction of a bridge.
Description: A Military Policeman on traffic duty directs the flow of soft-skinned transport and armour over the River Mue at Reviers, some two miles inland from 'Juno' Beach at Courseulles, as sappers serving with 183rd Field Company Royal Engineers prepare a site nearby for the construction of a bridge to relieve the congestion over the old river crossing. White tape markers strung across the narrow river indicate the new structure's intended position. Steps are cut into the river bank on both sides of the Mue where each abutment of the bridge, a Class 40 Bailey, will eventually rest while the river banks are reinforced with galvanised steel held in place by steel piles. Sappers wade through the waist-high water to place sandbags around the steel piles now being driven into the river bed. These piles are intended to serve as structural supports for the bridge in place of the pontoon rafts normally used in this kind of military engineering because of the narrowness and shallowness of the Mue at this point.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Connolly, J R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Military Police (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers, Field Coy 183 (regiment/service)
Keywords: engineering, military, British: bridge building (object name)
operations, British military - movement: road (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 15/6/1944 (event)
Reviers, Calvados, France (geography)
Meuse (River), France (geography)