Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by carius » 17 Oct 2022 03:19

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by carius » 23 Nov 2022 03:42

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by Sturm78 » 27 Nov 2022 13:27

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by Sturm78 » 12 Dec 2022 21:05

Hi all,

Does anyone know what exactly the soldiers in this picture are doing?


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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by gebhk » 13 Dec 2022 14:14

Wild guess - operating a manual pile driver???

My apologies if I have missed this so far, but are there any good, ideally drawings, but, failing that, photographs of the gear used to launch the K-bridging equipment?

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by ayovtshev » 13 Dec 2022 18:13

Manual pile driving is my guess too:
- pontoon bridges were considered a temporary solution for establishing and sustaining a bridghead.They are to be replaced by fixed temporary bridges as soon as feasible and be available for new bridging operations.
- most temporary bridges were built by driving wooden piles in river bottom and building a wooden bridge on these piles.
- there is a line of piles already driven and cut to size behind the pontoon ferry in the centre of the picture.

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by Sturm78 » 13 Dec 2022 21:06

Thanks to both, gebhk and Angel... :wink:

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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by gebhk » 14 Dec 2022 09:56

Hi Sturm

They say its better late than never - your post 164, second photo: you are almost right. The equipment is Polish and the vehicles are LKS trailers (lekki konio-samochodowy - light horse-motorised) with long chassis. The idea was that they could be pulled by two horses or by a motor vehicle (typically a Polski Fiat 618 1-tonn truck) with a quick towbar change. However the boats are not pontoons - they are steel sappers' boats (in Poland all engineering troops are called 'sappers'). To make things even more confusing, the sappers' boats could also be used as pontoons at a push. A trailer could carry two boats (as in this case) or one boat and an outboard motor.

While I wouldn't want to stake my head on it, I am fairly sure that the boat in Carius' post 672 is the Polish sappers' boat in question.
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Re: Pontoon Bridges and assault boats

Post by gebhk » 14 Dec 2022 10:02

Hi Carius

Any idea where the photo in your post 796 was taken?

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