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Title:THE 5TH RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE GROUP RE REPLACE A DEMOLISHED BRIDGE OVER THE ORNE AT CAEN (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 96-1
Description: The cameraman surveys the remains of a lattice girder double-tracked railway bridge now lying in the River Orne at Caen following its demolition by German sapper units on July 10th 1944; sappers from 926th Bridging Company RE examine the wreckage to ascertain ways and means to remove it. The centre span of the old bridge, resting on the central pier by means of a rocker plate, now lies up-ended in the river - the result of the Germans skilfully blowing up both ends. Sappers equipped with oxy-acetylene cutting torches dismantle the old span bit by bit helped by a bulldozer fitted with a powerful cable winch which pulls dismembered girder sections free.
Notes: Note: See A70 104-2, 105-8, 111-1, 113-8, 119-8, 120-10, 11 and 12 for footage showing the reconstruction of the Orne railway bridge at Caen in its entirety, 94-1, 99-2, 120-17, 18, 122-6 for material showing reconstruction work in Caen and A70 56-2, 70-2, 102-1 and 2 for material showing restoration work on the railways elsewhere.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with companion footage as itemised above
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 56-2 and 70-2