Pintail Bridge, Korea

Pintail Bridge, Korea

Pintail Bridge, Korea, photographed by Bob Jagger during the Korean War.

Commentary about this image by Bob Jagger

I snapped the steel American-built Pintail Bridge spanning the Imjin River in the south. When we went up north there were pontoons, no full scale bridges.

The Pintail was not far from our base in the south, near the 38th Parallel. The Imjin River starts in the north and flows down through the central part of the Korean peninsula. It turns southwest at the 38th Parallel to join the Han River and heads to the Yellow Sea. [See map here]

Most of the year the Imjin was just a stream. In the Korean summer months of July and August, the monsoon rains turned it into a big river

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Former Sapper, 12 and 55 Sqns. RE

Posted: 16 Mar 2020

I spent many an hour sitting in a Jeep with a 19 set during a rainy season reporting on a build up of large flotsam on the trestles, and calling out clearance parties.