Japanese Bridge Building and River Crossing: Know Your Enemy

9781288590117: Japanese Bridge Building and River Crossing: Know Your Enemy

Discusses the bridge-building capabilities of the Japanese, including the criticism of Japanese engineering methods because their bridge construction does not come up to the technical specifications of American standards. The comparison is fallacious because the size and amount of equipment moved by the Allies is much greater than that of the Japanese, therefore the engineers' construction does not need to be as strong as allied construction in order to fulfill their missions. When tactical conditions permit, the Japanese follow a pattern similar to the U.S. in moving men and material across rivers and swamps. They use pontoon bridges, girder and trestle bridges, boats and barges. They excel at improvisation, generally developing the expedient from local materials obtained near the site of construction. They embrace two methods of bridge construction: construction by successive bays and construction by parts, but disregard all form rules of construction and concentrate on getting the job done rapidly by using any method.

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