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Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 90 ft; Running time: 1 min
Notes: The Bailey bridge originated as model built by a British civil servant, Donald Bailey. Officially adopted by the Royal Engineers in 1943, the construction of these bridges quickly became a staple of their trade. The use of prefabricated sections allowed bridges to be built quickly, with minimal use of heavy equipment, giving a resulting structure strong enough to carry a tank. In Sicily and Italy, Allied engineers built over 3000 such bridges with a total length of over 55 miles, while in Burma a bridge over the River Chindwin set a record for the length of a single Bailey bridge at 1,154 feet (343 metres). Constructed from pre-assembled sections floated down the river, it was put together in just 28 hours.
The construction of this bridge can be seen in the film referenced below. See related items.