I remember You could hear vehicles crossing it from literally miles away at night time if the air was still. It normally meant you were going to get bumped an hour later!There's a Bailey Bridge at Thetford (or at least there was)
We did many an attack over it.
And, it's still going strong.
61 Sqn/36 Engr Regt built the Mostar Bailey in Oct/Nov 94. CO was the "Prince of Darkness" R***** B****.
I do recall one which, whilst handy was a PITA for us tank transporters as we had to unload before the bridge, cross, then reload on the other side to ensure we were still in gauge.
The location escape me, but it may have been on the route to one of the more remote RA locations who's name I can quite remember.
I may have some pics somewhere of us doing this.
Ronnie Biggs?61 Sqn/36 Engr Regt built the Mostar Bailey in Oct/Nov 94. CO was the "Prince of Darkness" R***** B****.
Folks, I am ex 77AES support troop and I have fond memories of building a Bailey bridge somewhere in Bosnia in early 96. I cannot for life of me remember where we built it but I do remember we built it in freezing rain that left a layer of ice on everything it hit. We had to smash the ice to get the pins in and if you stood still for more than a minute it would freeze on us. Anyone know where it could be? I plan on visiting next year and it would be great to add it on my tour of places that stood out on my various tours of the country.
It was also a high octane start as we went in expecting trouble from the Serb’s on the other bank and took up aggressive positions along the bank facing off against them. They also had mines laid on the other bank until we got halfway across, they took some persuasion if I recall from a platoon of Czech infantry to remove them.
There was also a night club just around the corner that a couple of us visited during our “sleep” break, even had a dance with a full chest rig on and SA80 strapped to our backs.