Steve mac "why was there no bridging equipment" at Mareth ? ever consider that Monty might NOT have had any ? - as I recall the FIRST Bailey bridge was built in North Africa - I have forgotten when but it could have been in early '43 - the ONLY FOUR 17 pounders were used at Medenine - then shipped back to the Uk for a new platform- but 8th army did have some baling wire and string at that time to keep the tanks going Cheers Hello Tom, I trust you are keeping well! The first Bailey Bridge built in a theatre of operations was indeed assembled in N Africa, by 1st Army, in November 1942. I would have thought that it would therefore have been available to the 8th Army in March 1943, but maybe not. If they were available to 8th Army at the time then it is very sad that they weren't used. That bailing wire and string was all used up by 50 Div at Wadi Zig Zag, fascines I think they call them. Best, Steve.