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Military Floating Bridge

Jul 17, 2017

              The floating bridge is a great miracle in the application of buoyancy in the ancient history of our country. In the later years, the development of not only in the river to the floating pontoon, and like the Yellow River, such as a large river also erected a pontoon bridge. According to legend, in the early 11th century, in the vicinity of the Yellow River in Puzhou, north of Tongguan had a large pontoon bridge, the pontoon cable with 8 iron-ox tie, these iron ox stand on both sides, each ox weighs tens of thousands of kilograms. Later, due to flooding, the pontoon bridge was washed away, and the ox sank into the river. How to salvage the ox, under the conditions, is more difficult. The monk was pregnant with two big ships filled with mud, sent people into the water, with iron tie the ox and the big ship together, and then put the ship's soil removed, using the buoyancy of the boat, the iron cow pull up.Floating Bridge

              The erection of the pontoon is characterized by its simplicity and rapidity, and it is often used in military, also known as War Bridge. 974 years song, in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River erected the 2nd pontoon (according to legend in Anhui Dangtu Quarry), is for Bing to extinguish the southern Tang, unified national, to Jiangnan open water channel. Kublai, in order to unify the southwest, send troops into Sichuan, White Horse River, Hejiang, Pui Jiang, Qingjiang (all the Yangtze River upstream tributary) and other rapids, erected more than 20 military pontoon bridge. Some people who write history think that these pontoon bridges have made the most of Kublai Khan's south-west.Floating Bridge

              The erection of the military pontoon bridge, as a temporary means of transport, is generally to pass the army, baggage. Sometimes used to block the other side of the operation of the Navy, the pontoon is stationed on the army, using the pontoon bridge and the other Navy combat. At this time, the pontoon bridge became a water trench. The historical floating bridge in China has the largest scale and played an important role in the military, which is a set of floating bridges erected by the Taiping Rebellion in Wuhan.Floating Bridge