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UK Military Bridging

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As the Boer War drew to a close most of the Royal Engineer units returned to the UK and a period of re-organisation followed that culminated in the formation of three bridging Companies, allocation of Field Companies to Divisions and additional units to take responsibility for searchlights, air, works and telegraph signals.

A number of additional organisational recommendations were made before 1914 but many of these were not implemented before the outbreak of war.

Pontoons, trestle bridges and rafting equipment were the main equipment held but construction bridging was also a large part of the RE repertoire. Lord Haldane ensured that the British Army of 1914 was probably as best prepared for conflict as any but bridging equipment and the Corps was arguably not prepared for the nature and duration of what was to follow for the next 4 years.

Rapid expansion of course followed, at its peak, the Corps was over a quarter of a million men.

It was during this period that it became obvious that time consuming construction bridging was impractical and the majority of gaps to be crossed were not suited to floating or pontoon bridges. Thus came to the fore, equipment bridging; stock spans, canal bridges, the Hopkins Bridge and the Inglis Bridge (the forerunner of the Bailey Bridge) were all developed during this period.

With the introduction of the tank, the need for assault bridging also became apparent and rapid advances were also made in this area.

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