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Reenactors on Original Bailey BridgeWWII Jeep restored by David Dorson; Bailey Bridge over Grand River, Windsor, Ohio

Reenactors on Original Bailey Bridge
WWII Jeep restored by David Dorson; Bailey Bridge over Grand River, Windsor, Ohio

Bailey Bridge

The transoms, side-panels and stringers of a Bailey bridge section can all be clearly seen at the Memorial Pegasus Museum in Ranville, Calvados, France,

The transoms, side-panels and stringers of a Bailey bridge section can all be clearly seen at the Memorial Pegasus Museum in Ranville, Calvados, France, 

  • Panel length: 10-foot-long 5-foot-high
  • Panel weight: 570 lbs
  • Floor transoms: 19-foot-long
  • Floor stringers: 10-foot-long
  • Roadbed: 12-foot-wide
US troops launching a Bailey bridge across a gap by hand

US troops launching a Bailey bridge across a gap by hand.

The transoms, side-panels and stringers of a Bailey bridge section can all be clearly seen at the Memorial Pegasus Museum in Ranville, Calvados, France,

The transoms, side-panels and stringers of a Bailey bridge section can all be clearly seen at the Memorial Pegasus Museum in Ranville, Calvados, France, 

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Bailey bridge is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge developed by the British during World War II. British, Canadian, and American engineering units successfully deployed the bridges during the War.

The temporary bridges had the advantages of requiring no special tools or heavy equipment to assemble. The wood and steel bridge elements were small and light enough to be carried in trucks and lifted into place by hand, without requiring the use of a crane.

A small number of men could carry a section of Bailey bridge, enabling army engineers to rapidly span ditches or waterways in advance of the troops and material who required them. Because of the modular design, engineers were able to build each bridge as long and as strong as needed by doubling or tripling the supportive side panels and / or roadbed sections. The Bailey bridges were strong enough to support tank traffic.

Barges being used to support Bailey bridging over the Seine at Mantes, France, August 1944.

Barges being used to support Bailey bridging over the Seine at Mantes, France, August 1944.

To this day, Bailey bridges continue to be used in military and civil engineering construction projects to provide temporary crossings for foot and vehicle traffic.

Bailey bridge over the Meurthe River, France

Bailey bridge over the Meurthe River, France

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