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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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