Looking very much like a circus animal walking a tight-rope, an Army jeep recently demonstrated the potentiality of a new bridge system invented by an Australian Army engineer.
GV Perak River near Grik in Central Malaya
LV Steep side of the river
SV Soldiers tightening up cables
CU Captain Millar and soldier
CU Disc for jeep (2 shots)
CU Disc fitted to jeep wheel
CU Cable being tightened
Cable being secured by iron pegs
CU Jeep put on cable and moving along cables (4 shots)
LV & MS..Jeep moves on cables (5 shots)
SV Soldiers on other side
GV Jeep reaching other side
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Background: Looking very much like a circus animal walking a tight-rope, an Army jeep recently demonstrated the potentiality of a new bridge system invented by an Australian Army engineer.
Across the Perak River in Central Malaya, engineers of the 28th Commonwealth Brigade tested the system while on a road building project through the jungles.
Designed by Captain Frederick Millar, the "Driving on air" system consists of two steel cables slung across a ravine - or minefield - and anchored on either side. Grooved steel discs, which fit snugly on the cables, are bolted to the hubs of the vehicle. The driver selects his gear, and drives confidently across the obstacle.
Apart from the grooved disc adaptor, all the equipment used on the test was standard army equipment. As yet no plans have been made to mass produce the adaptors, but Captain Millar says they could be produced at probably less then GBP1 each.