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Building a bridge over the Vistula in Mewe with Herber (Herbert-Brückengerät) material by the Pi Btl 42 - September 1939.
On the morning of September 2, 1939, came the order to build a bridge over the Vistula with Herbert material. The battalion moved to the area of Rehhof. Reconnaissance for the construction of the bridge should start immediately. Border Guard troops crossed the Vistula to Gniew. Gniew and the West Bank was in German hands at 14:00 hours. From 17:00 hours onwards the 3rd Company with inflatable boats and ferries shipped more units of the border guard until the morning of September 3, 1939. Its task was to establish a bridgehead to protect the building site. For transporting the material, stored in a forest, it was assigned a column of 15 men under a Feldwebel and 12 trucks. Another column should arrive on September 3 at 07:00 hours. The 1. / Brücken-Bau-Bataillon 521 was attached to the battalion. Hauptmann Truschnigg of the HQ of Pionier-Regiment z.b.V. was assigned as expert on Herbert material.
On the morning of September 3 the 1. Company reached Schadewinkel, the 2. Company Weißenberg and the 3. Company a farm northwest of the construction site in Neu-Liebenau. Hauptmann Franzke, chief of the 3. / Pi 42, is in charge of the task. When ordered the construction, the 1. / Pi 42 assembly 8 sections of bridge upstream and downstream of the site; the 2. / Pi 42 gathered in Weißenberg 20 boats moored together and towed by boats-M to the site of the bridge. The 3. / Pi 42 built the access on both sides of the bridge, the necessary wood is brought from a deposit in Marienburg and wedges, nails and other utensils are purchased at hardware stores in the area; the stock available is small to face the project. Until the arrival of antiaircraft units the 1. and 3. Companies are in charge of the AA defense, while the 1. / Brücken-Bau-Bataillon 521 is used for transport and movement of materials. The weather is warm and pleasant.
On September 4 reach a heavy AA battery and half of light AA battery and assume the AA cover in the building site. At 18:00 hours the access and two bridge sections are completed. On September 5 also the 2. / Brücken-Bau-Bataillon 521 was attached, at noon the situation is as follows: access and five bridge sections completed, four sections of the superstructure in place. On September 06 there were drawn and assembled the last sections of the bridge; some of the Herbert sections were anchored in the flat sandbanks. At 18:00 hours the bridge is ready and a load test is performed with a car and 4 heavy vehicles.
At 19:00 hours the Pionier-Regiment z.b.V. was informed of the completion of the task, the bridge has a length of 300 meters. The 1. / Pi 42 is responsible for the operation of the bridge. The 3. / Pi 42 is reserve, the companies are relieved every 24 hours. Checkpoint was the crossroads Schadewinkel - Zanowo, Mewe - Zandersfelde. From 19:00 hours it began crossing the 2. ID (Mot) and the transit from Mewe over the bridge went all night long................... .......
Sources: http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... at42-R.htm
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Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.