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I would like first to express my appreciation of your kindness in inviting me to meet with you to-day. My military service at the present time is something in the order of two years, about half of which time has been spent in your country. Even over a period as brief as two years there are times when military life becomes somewhat monotonous, so that I have looked forward to this meeting this noon as a brief vacation in civilian life, and I am now thoroughly enjoying that vacation.
Captain C.M. Barber
An Ordinary Meeting of the Institution of Structural Engineers was held at 11, Upper Belgrave Street, London, S.W.l, on Thursday, February 17th, 1944, at 5.30 p.m., the President (Major A. H. S. Waters, V.C., D.S.O., M.C., M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., M.I.Struct.E.) in the chair.
It is unfortunately impossible to give details of secret equipments, and this lecture is therefore mainly confined to the period prior to this War. It aims at describing the general problem presented to those engaged in the design of Military Field Bridging Equipments and the methods by which success is achieved. Thus in time it may form a background against which wartime developments will be seen in clearer perspective.
Colonel S.G. Galpin