Bridge Columns in the Bulge campaign

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Bridge Columns in the Bulge campaign

Post by andlug » Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:52 pm

I am revising the OB's for a Battle of the Bulge game.

There were several German bridging columns , as indicated in Jung's key book on the 1944/45 campaign.
They were coded J and B, sometimes motorised , sometimes not. I don't know if they ever erected any bridges, because the offensive was unsuccessful, but what were the TO&E of these units? And were they intended to erect the bridges themselves, or give that task to engineer battalions?

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Re: Bridge Columns in the Bulge campaign

Post by Alanmccoubrey » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:59 pm

Andrew, the Bridging Column was usually part of a Division's Pionier Bataillon. The "B" in June 1944 had a total of 125 men so was able to at east start making a bridge without outside help. I've attached a link to the KStN for it so you can see for yourself.

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Re: Bridge Columns in the Bulge campaign

Post by Leo Niehorster » Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:20 am

The bridge column did not itself assemble the bridge, but was merely a maintenance, transportation, and advisory unit. Combat engineers from divisions or GHQ Troops, or attached construction troops — or even normal infantry — actually assembled these combat bridges.
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