The 22nd Mechanized Brigade Has Some Of Ukraine’s Precious Armored Bridgelayers—And For A Very Good Reason

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The presence, or absence, of an armored bridgelayer can be the decisive factor in a mechanized battle. During a critical phase of an important fight in southern Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk Oblasts back in June, a quartet of Ukrainian brigades had to halt their assault because the Russians had retreated across a stream, and there was just one available bridgelayer. That’s one of the many surprising details in the latest report from analysts Jack Watling and Nick Reynolds from the Royal United Services Institute in London.