One of the last big divisional exercises, 1989 iirc, found us approaching Herford, which had banned military movement during the daily rush hour, so the regiment was diverted into a riverside field to wait.I had wondered just how quickly these points could be bought into operation and having pre-prepared bridges/ferries makes total sense.
If there are any former RE on here who could provide more information it would be greatly received.
I do see that in the US sectors the points I have found so far are much fewer however, they do tend to be much larger:
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On the opposite bank was a Bundeswehr bridging unit, not taking part in the exercise, while the regiment was armoured engineers with avlbs, neither of which helped.
Sent out on a recce, a landrover dicovered a small, civilian chain ferry down a single track lane, that could carry 2 or 3 cars at a time, for a small fee.
The ferryman earned his retirement fund that day, as a long line of 432s, Spartans, trucks and trailers slowly crossed, often with the gunwhales awash.