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Summary: Sappers belonging to 7th Army Troops RE construct a Class 40 Floating Bailey bridge over the Seine at Vernon in twenty-five hours, thus allowing armour to reinforce 43rd Division's three infantry brigades in 30th Corps bridgehead beyond Vernonnet.
Description: Engineers launch the first span of the Bailey bridge from the south bank. Four prisoners from the 49th Wehrmacht are brought back across the Seine over the Class 9 pontoon bridge which now nears completion. Sappers on the Vernonnet side of the river have constructed one half of the bridge to meet up with those sections reaching out across the Seine from the south bank. Infantrymen belonging to one of 130th Brigade's three battalions clamber over the broken road bridge to Vernonnet. At 5.15 pm. a bulldozer leads a party of vehicles across the 680-foot long bridge, followed after a three hour interval by tanks belonging to the 15/19th Hussars and the 4/7th Dragoon Guards.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Chown, L B T (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Bde 130 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Hussars, 15/19 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 11 (regiment/service)
British Army, Dragoon Guards, 4/7 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
Keywords: transport, British - engineering: bulldozer (object name)
armour, British - tank: Cromwell (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
engineering, military, British: Class 9 Floating Boat bridge (object name)
engineering, military, British: Class 40 Bailey bridge (object name)
operations, Allied military - movement: river crossing (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
signs, military and civilian (object name)
Seine (River), France (geography)
Vernonnet, Eure, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 135-3, 4 and 5, 136-9, 10 and 11, 139-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 141-3 and 142-6, 7 and 9 for footage showing 30th Corps' crossing of the Seine at Vernon.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read Major-General Pakenham-Walsh's 'The History of the Corps of Royal Engineers : Volume IX', 2nd Army HQ's 'The Account of the Operations of the 2nd Army in Europe 1944-1945 : Volume 1', 'The 8th Armoured Brigade 1939-1945' by BAOR, Courage's 'The History of 15-19 King's Royal Hussars 1939-45'.