Imjin Bridges
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During the last two years of the Korean war, the flood-prone Imjin River, whose waters
could rise 40 feet, flowed just a few miles behind a long stretch of allied battle lines. Army
engineers thus faced a critical requirement to construct secure bridges across that
water barrier.
Korea's monsoon rains and the floodwaters they spawned posed some of the most
difficult technical challenges faced by the United States Army engineer units serving in
the Korean War. Nowhere were the challenges more pressing than along the lower Imjin
River, where tides, ice, and summer floods repeatedly threatened to break critical supply
lines to United Nations Forces which for two years manned defensive lines just 10 miles
northwest of the river.
After struggling for more than a year with mixed success to span the lower Imjin River
with bridges that could survive the rivers fury, American military engineers (84th
Engineer Construction BN) finally conquered this river in the last year of the war with two
modern bridges erected at sites where earlier spans had failed.
These two successful spans, known as Teal and Libby Bridges, withstood the Imjin
and all its fury and have both successfully passed the test of time. Libby Bridge is still
in use today and Teal Bridge, although replaced by a more modern span, still stands as
testament to the skills of those who built her.
Just as important as Libby and Teal, other bridges were built across the Imjin to serve as
links for the movement of troops  and supplies. Although not as successful but every bit
as vital, these bridges deserve our attention.
With that in mind, I present the following look at what I call ..........
The Imjin Bridges
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For additional photos not shown in this section,
visit my Imjin Bridges photo album
Information and photo are from the book
`Bridging The Imjin`, Studies in Military Engineering Number 5
Book provided by;   1Lt Vic Swanson
                                        Platoon Leader
                                        B Company
                                        84th Eng Const BN


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