A combined military operation was completed at the end of the third week in May in the Troodos region of Cyprus.
G.T.V. Bailey Bridge section in position.
S.V. Soldier on guard with machine gun.
S.V. Section of bridge over gorge.
L.V. British troops with tractor.
C.U. Pan ditto.
S.V. Troops lifting section.
S.V. Troops lifting section carrying towards camera.
S.T.V. Section being put in position.
S.C.U. Troops lay planks on bridge roadway.
C.U. Officer looking on.
L.V. Tractor clearing a roadway to bridge.
S.T.V. Girder section being hoisted.
S.V. Officers locking on.
S.T.V. Girder section lowered into position.
S.V. Officers look on.
L.V. Bridge section sliding into position.
Initials S-D A.S./VCS
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Background: A combined military operation was completed at the end of the third week in May in the Troodos region of Cyprus. This was not an action against the EOKA (Union with Greece) terrorist organisation by a bridge and road building undertaking that will enable two villages, Trozina and Yorovasa, to communicate and trade with each other more easily.
In June 1957 there was a freak thunderstorm in the hills to the South and West of Troodos. Violent hail ruined the young grape-crop and the river beds where filled with flood waters that ravaged the countryside, uprooting trees and hurling boulders into the farm and gardens in the area of Yorovasa and Trosina.
Apart from material damage the economic consequence had a serious effect on the trade of the villages, and the Governor, who visited the striken area by helicopter, formulated several long-term relief measures. These included a read and bridge connecting the two villages.
The 40th.Field Squadron had the task of constructing these lines of communication. A specially widened Bailey Bridge was bought from the Army by the civil authorities, and by the end of the third week in May the deep gorge separating Trozina and Yerovasa was bridged.
How the journey to and from the villages is two miles long, previously the villagers had to trace fifteen miles to meet their neighbours.