A river no longer navigable in France due to a bombed out bridge during World War II. The French repair the bridge
France Date:1944 Duration:1 min 7 sec Sound:Yes
Many commercial barges tied up next to one another along banks of a river blocked by a destroyed bridge in France during World War 2. Numerous tug boats also tied up along the river bank. View from one bank of the remains of the bridge completely blocking river traffic. A man rows a small boat from the near shore. Camera pans over the wreckage. Next workers are seen repairing the bridge. Water flows rapidly through an open section of new substructure. A barge loaded with men and steam driven equipment is on the up-river side of the bridge. Black smoke issues from burning coal or oil powering the barge. A single new walkway spans above the bridge opening. Next is a closeup of the work barge with steam rising from it. A different section of the bridge structure is seen next, with a gang of workmen on new bridge decking and others working from below on a barge. Closeup of workers installing the bridge decking. One is cutting excess length of a board, with a hand saw. Several men looking over the edge of the bridge deck at water flowing through spillways underneath it. Closeup of a diver in complete diving gear, including a metal helmet, working at the base of the bridge. Man climbing a ladder from a steel section of bridge. Worker using an Oxy-Acetylene Cutting Torch to remove a damaged section of steel. Tugboats plying the river. Local citizens watching the tugboats from atop a downstream bridge. as boat traffic resumes with the upstream bridge repaired. Closeup of tugboat passing under the bridge. Glimpse of tugboat under a graceful undamaged bridge. Closeup of a bulk carrier powered barge passing a bridge filled with spectators. A clamshell bucket grabbing material from the barge and raising it to load it somewhere.
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