Armored Trains (New Vanguard, Volume 140) by Steven J. Zaloga

By Steven J. Zaloga

First noticeable in the course of the American Civil conflict and later showing within the Franco-Prussian warfare and the Anglo-Boer Wars, the armored educate got here to prominence at the japanese entrance in the course of international warfare I. It used to be additionally deployed through the Russian Civil struggle and the know-how traveled east into the chinese language Civil struggle, and the following warfare with Japan. It observed carrier at the Russian entrance in international struggle II, yet was once more and more sidelined through its vulnerability to air assault. Steven J Zaloga examines the origins and improvement of the armored educate focusing both at the technical element and at the attention-grabbing tale of the way armored trains have been truly utilized in wrestle. This identify will attract armor, army heritage and railroad fanatics alike.

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During the civil war, one tactic to eliminate particularly dangerous enemy armored trains was to create a demolition train by taking an expendable locomotive and flatcar, packing the flatcar with explosives, and sending the train down the rail-line at high speed to collide with the enemy armored train. The railroad torpedo was intended to be less wasteful of railway equipment. lr consisted of a small, two-axle, battery-powered trolley armed with a 4951b bomb containing a 220lb high-explosive charge.

As in the case of the BP-42 illustration, this one is truncated to the left and the full train would include an additional command wagon, flak/artillery wagon, Panzerjiigenwagen, and Panzer dismount wagon behind the aft artillery car. In the mid-1960s, the Transbaikal Military District formed several armored trains, dubbed "tank trains; to help patrol the disputed frontier with China. 5mm heavy machine guns and one ZU-23 twin 23mm gun; these could also be used in the direct-fire mode against infantry.

Soviet armored trains, 1941-45 The Sovier armored rrains were extensively used in rhe border barrles of rhe summer of 1941 and suffered severe losses. German sources suggesr rhar ar least 47 armored rrains were caprured or destroyed as well as seven of rhe nine NKVD MBV 0-2 rail-cruisers deployed in this rhearer. Portions of rhese rrains were captured inract or slighrly damaged by rhe Wehrmacht and would larer be insrrumenral in building up rhe German armored train force. Sovier losses were so heavy rhar a special building program was initiared in Ocrober 1941.

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