Monday, 22 October 2012

Bombed Bridges

Any bridge that pre-dates World War II in the Loire Valley is a very lucky survivor. Many bridges were destroyed during the War, by both sides, to disrupt troop movements. You can clearly see the remains of the old bridge between Chaumont-sur-Loire and Onzain in this photo - the grassy hummocks in mid-stream mark the old piers. The new bridge is to the left.

UPDATE:  Simon has just found this excellent page (in French) on the history of the old bridge, with a photo of the damage in 1940.

1 comment:

GaynorB said...

Those were the days, when a bridge looked like a brdge!