End of the road? Combat engineers from Sweden and Allied countries built pontoon bridges over the rivers Wisła and Narew in Poland to allow a safe river-crossing for armoured units.
Swedish combat engineers worked alongside combat engineers from the United States, France and Poland to construct pontoon bridges over two rivers in western Poland to enable Allied armoured units to cross the river during exercise Defender Europe 22.
Defender Europe is an annual large-scale US Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between militaries of the United States, other NATO Allies and partners.
Footage includes shots of Swedish, US, French and Polish combat engineers building a pontoon bridge. With soundbites in Swedish from the Swedish Reconnaissance Platoon Commander and a Swedish conscript.
--SHOTLIST-- (00:00) CLOSE SHOT - SWEDISH DIVERS IN RIVER (00:03) WIDE SHOT - AMERICAN TROOPS DRAG A RUBBER BOAT TOWARDS THE RIVER (00:06) CLOSE SHOT - POLISH SHOULDER BADGE (00:08) WIDE SHOT - SWEDISH DIVER COMING OUT OF THE WATER (00:10) WIDE SHOT - PONTOON BRIDGE SPLASHES WATER (00:12) WIDE SHOT - US ARMY ENGINEERS CROSSING THE RIVER ON A FERRY BOAT (00:16) WIDE SHOT - SWEDISH ENGINEERS FROM ING 2 CONSTRUCTING A PONTOON BRIDGE (00:18) CLOSE SHOT - SWEDISH ENGINEERS FROM ING 2 (00:18) CLOSE SHOT - US ARMY ENGINEERS (00:26) WIDE SHOT - SWEDISH ENGINEERS FROM ING 2 AND US ARMY ENGINEERS (00:27) DRONE SHOT - PARTS OF THE PONTOON BRIDGE PUSHED BY BOATS ON RIVER (00:32) CLOSE SHOT - PARTS OF THE PONTOON BRIDGE IN THE RIVER (00:33) WIDE SHOT - TANKS MOVING BY THE RIVERSIDE (00:35) WIDE SHOT - SWEDISH ENGINEERS WITH TRACTOR (00:37) WIDE SHOT - SWEDISH AND US ARMY ENGINEERS LINKING PONTOON BRIDGE (00:41) SOUNDBITE (SWEDISH) - OLIVER OLSSON, RECONNAISSANCE PLATOON COMMANDER, SWEDISH ARMED FORCES “I command the reconnaissance platoon and our main purpose is to gather intelligence around engineering tasks for battalion and brigade-level commanders. We have completed a tactical intelligence-gathering operation in connection with the construction of a pontoon bridge.” (00:59) WIDE SHOT - RIVER IN POLAND (01:00) VARIOUS SHOTS - SWEDISH RECONNAISSANCE UNIT FROM ING 2 ENGINEERS APPROACHING AND CROSSING RIVER (01:09) SOUNDBITE (SWEDISH) AXEL WESTIN - CONSCRIPT FROM ING 2 ENGINEERS, SWEDISH ARMED FORCES “I am from the bridge-laying platoon and this is our final exercise here in Poland. For the past two weeks, we have been working with French, Americans and Poles. It has been challenging, but most of all really cool, to see how everyone gets to work, but also how similarly we complete different tasks.” (01:32) WIDE SHOT - FRENCH AND SWEDISH SOLDIERS CROSSING RIVER ON AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE (01:35) WIDE SHOT – FRENCH AND SWEDISH SOLDIERS DISEMBARKING AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE (01:38) WIDE SHOT - POLISH HELICOPTER HOVERING AND SOLDIERS FAST-ROPING TO GROUND (01:43) VARIOUS SHOTS - SWEDISH AND AMERICAN ENGINEERS CROSSING RIVER ON BOATS (01:51) WIDE SHOT - COMPLETED BRIDGE (01:57) VARIOUS SHOTS - TANKS CROSSING THE RIVER ON PONTOON BRIDGE
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