Israeli Roller Bridges

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Spearfish
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Israeli Roller Bridges

Post by Spearfish » 21 Jul 2021 11:47

During the Holy Day War of 1973 the Israeli Army crossing of the Suez Canal was aided by a huge Roller Bridge, officially apparently called a Tal Bridge. But there were three of these bridges and in October 1973 one was near Kantarah and the other was in a factory. Can any one tell me what happened to the Kantara bridge and which company built the bridges?

Tinhat
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Re: Israeli Roller Bridges

Post by Tinhat » 29 Jul 2021 23:55

The bridges were called ‘Roller Bridges’, General Tal pushed for the prototype to be built after seeing Colonel Laskov’s model. Designed in 1971, originally planned for 6 or 7 to be in place, but in 1973 only one was in the Sinai unassembled.

They were manufactured by Israeli Military Industries in Haifa and assembled by the IDF Engineering Corp.

The is a video on the history here but it’s in Hebrew.
https://vimeo.com/162244770/7b693b35c4

After the war I would assume it was returned to the holding area until the complete withdrawal from the Sinai. One is on display at the IDF Armored Corp memorial in Latrun https://yadlashiryon.com/eng/

A closer view of the one on display
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CJlR1jCmes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0KoU_oyUPI

Steve

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Re: Israeli Roller Bridges

Post by Spearfish » 02 Aug 2021 08:07

Steve
Very many thanks for that information.
It fills a major gap.

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