THE LAUNCHING OF A BAILEY CLEAR SPAN BRIDGE [Allocated Title]
The completion of the biggest bailey clear span bridge to be built in the African campaign, one and a half miles west of Medjez El Bab, Tunisia.
Men from the 214th Field Company, Royal Engineers working on the final construction of the bridge. Shots of the boat ferry. A tractor at work clearing the ground. The bridge being launched in stages and the skeleton nose being removed in panels. The rocking rollers and plates are removed. The bridge in its final position. A bulldozer at work.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.