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Interview with Andrew Marshall about the destruction of a bridge in Germany
EXTERNAL ID
WD_BF01_TRACK10_MARSHALL_02
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Andrew Marshall
SOURCE
Am Baile and War Detectives
ASSET ID
3146
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
Armed Forces
army
Cameron Highlanders
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Andrew Marshall describes the destruction of a pontoon bridge in East Germany as World War 2 drew to a close.

This was just the last days of the war, we were crossing the River Elbe, you know, in East Germany, on pontoon bridges - you know, that's a bridge made with boats. And a single Messerschmitt 109 - I think it was probably a last one there and the pilot was probably flying on his last drop of petrol - he just swooped down, crossed the river, machine guns going and he hit one truck and another truck panicked and went forward and on a pontoon bridge the trucks had to be spaced out, because if there were too many, the bridge would sink. And that's what happened. The bridge broke, it sank, a lot of people were drowned and the people in that truck - the Cameronians - I think there were 29 of them killed. And this was just about the day before the war finished, you know. So that was very sad.

This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Kinlochbervie Primary School.

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Interview with Andrew Marshall about the destruction of a bridge in Germany

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; Armed Forces; army; Cameron Highlanders; audio

Am Baile and War Detectives

War Detectives (interviews)

Andrew Marshall describes the destruction of a pontoon bridge in East Germany as World War 2 drew to a close.<br /> <br /> This was just the last days of the war, we were crossing the River Elbe, you know, in East Germany, on pontoon bridges - you know, that's a bridge made with boats. And a single Messerschmitt 109 - I think it was probably a last one there and the pilot was probably flying on his last drop of petrol - he just swooped down, crossed the river, machine guns going and he hit one truck and another truck panicked and went forward and on a pontoon bridge the trucks had to be spaced out, because if there were too many, the bridge would sink. And that's what happened. The bridge broke, it sank, a lot of people were drowned and the people in that truck - the Cameronians - I think there were 29 of them killed. And this was just about the day before the war finished, you know. So that was very sad.<br /> <br /> This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Kinlochbervie Primary School.