WWII Bridge. Name of Crossing. ID Wanted [ Bailey Bridge ? ]

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  1. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    ww2 bailey bridge ww2.jpg bailey bridge ww2 river crossing.jpg bailey bridge ww2.jpg I have bought some original negs of a wartime bridge [ Bailey Bridge ? ] could anyone know where it is Germany ? The big masts might give a clue and there is a sunken boat near the shore.
     
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  2. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    Hard to say, but I do remember a sunken ferry next to the Pontoon Bailey at Vernon or Elbeuf, across the Seine, although the sky line looks a little different and I can't see the remains of the older bridge! I'll have a spin through some refs and see if I can't find a likely candidate
     
  3. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    Actually, having just had a second look it might be the Rhine, it's fairly wide enough!
     
  4. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    blown up bridge Bailey.jpg blown up bridge ww2 ww2.jpg There is a blown up bridge on the left of the bailey bridge. negs not that good. There was a bridge called Gerows Bridge but can not find any info or photos on the web, it was on one of the sellers other negs that i did not get there was not enough of the bridge to ID.
    Keith
     
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  5. Owen

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  6. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    ww2 bailey bridge mast.jpg bailey bridge ww2 river mast.jpg Close up of the masts. I have spent hours looking for them next to a Bailey Bridge on the web to ID the bridge.
     
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  7. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Keith,

    Those are impressively tall powerline masts (pylons). There are some lists of spans and towers of one kind or another on the web. Unfortunately many of the dates for the older ones are missing.

    List of Spans - Wikipedia

    Lattice Tower - Factualworld

    Regards ...
     
  8. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

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  9. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Morris - 'Gerows Bridge' might refer to General Leonard T. Gerow, who was commanding the Fifteenth U.S.Army in 1945. Responsible for holding the Ruhr Pocket along the Rhine (see: .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifteenth_United_States_Army).

    So the river might be the Rhine, and yes Cee, maybe at Duisburg.
     
  10. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

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  11. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    The transmisson pylons at Duisburg as shown in the diagram are still there today and can be seen in Google Maps (etc.) just north of the Moerser Strabe Bridge ("Brücke der Solidarität). The original Solidarity Bridge was blown up by the Germans in 1945 and rebuilt in 1950. I can't find a WW2 pontoon bridge associated with this area so it may be a false lead.

    The Victory Bridge built by the U.S. Army engineers at Duisburg was a massive structure and very different in construction. A little farther south you can see the Duisburg-Hochfeld Railway Bridge.

    Edit : fixed link
     
  12. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    ww2 bailey bridge ww.jpg gerow bridge.jpg Cant make out whats on the sign. The photo with Gerow Bridge is part of a neg that i did not get and there is not enough of the bridge to get a good ID if it is the same as my negs of the bridge. The seller said that the photos were taken by a guy from the 17th US Airborne.
     
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  13. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Keith,

    Interesting, named after Major General Leonard T. Gerow I guess.

    Since I'm out on a limb I'll go a little farther and see how badly I fall ... :)

    Here's a video that might help in orientation. It was taken just north of the Solidarity Bridge on the the west bank. My guess is that the destroyed bridge you see in your photos is actually the original Solidarity Bridge. In the video farther south can be seen the railroad bridge. The cameraman is standing very close to where the pontoon bridge would have crossed the river.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2h5-1FOgrs

    East Bank Pylon.jpg Wst Bank Pylon.jpg


    Regards ...

    Edit: A slightly better video which shows the Rhine during flooding season.
     
  14. Owen

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  15. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Owen

    That appears to be the same industrial complex in the background: chimney, water tower and Blast Furnace etc
     
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  17. Cee

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  19. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    At least this has the name Gerows Bridge that you can just make out and if it is the bridge, the photos were taken on the other side. Triumph Bridge ? How many more Bridges are there, i think i will go with Gerow, unless anyone knows better .

    http://www.b24.net/m...images/0054.jpg
     
  20. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Later they built 'Victory Bridge' at Duisburg, according to this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7JgZse2Rhc
     

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