Sunday, April 17, 2016

US Skitroopers Crossing the Engineer Wooden Bridge

View of skitroopers testing an experimental wooden bridge built by the Engineering Battalion of US Tenth Mountain Division at Camp Hale Colorado, 1943 or 1944. A line of men are crossing the bridge and more troops wait below. Snow covers the ground. In September 1942, the 126th Engineer Mountain Battalion, with Lieutenant-Colonel John Parker in command, is activated at Camp Carson and becomes part of MTC (Mountain Training Center). Initially, two companies are authorized. Company A is to do experimental work on the construction of aerial tramways. Company B is to experiment with the construction of suspension bridges in mountainous terrain. One consultant to both groups is Major Frederick Roebling, a member of the famous family of engineers. The 126th received a fourth company, which infantry division engineers lacked, giving it one motorized (Co D) and three pack companies. Between November 1944 to November 1945, thay had at least 31 officers, 2 warrant officers, and 749 enlisted personnel.

Source :
Book "Chronology of the 10th Mountain Division in World War II; 6 January 1940-30 November 1945" by John & Barbara Imbrie

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