By Steven J. Zaloga
First noticeable in the course of the American Civil conflict and later showing within the Franco-Prussian struggle and the Anglo-Boer Wars, the armored teach got here to prominence at the japanese entrance in the course of international conflict I. It was once additionally deployed in the course of the Russian Civil battle and the expertise traveled east into the chinese language Civil warfare, and the following warfare with Japan. It observed provider at the Russian entrance in global battle II, yet used to be more and more sidelined via its vulnerability to air assault. Steven J Zaloga examines the origins and improvement of the armored educate focusing both at the technical aspect and at the attention-grabbing tale of the way armored trains have been truly utilized in wrestle. This name will attract armor, army heritage and railroad fanatics alike.
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In September 1941 it was modernized with new L-11 76mm guns substituted for the older and shorter KT-2B guns. It is seen here in its unusual 1942 scheme, consisting of bands of tan and black over the usual4BO olive-green finish. 2mm Mod. 02/30. This train is seen in action in January 1942. interim broad-gauge armored rrains to support Operation Barbarossa. Each of the three army groups assigned to the invasion were assigned two trains each. PanzerZllg (PZ) 26 to PZ 31 were based around a partially armored Series 57 locomotive, three OMMR flatcars with captured French Somua 5-35 tanks, and open-top infantry cars.
Britain employed armored trolleys during the Malaysian Emergency, including a dozen custom-built Armoured Wickham trolleys. Improvised armored trains were used during the fighting in the Belgian Congo in 1959-60. During the crisis along the Chinese border in the 1960s, the Soviet Army formed several "tank trains" for patrolling the long border areas. Russian armored trains were used in the fighting in Armenia and Chechnya in the 1990s, and during the Yugoslav civil war of the 1990s improvised armored trains were created by Croatian, Bosnian, and Serbian forces and used in combat.
39 The BP 42 used a new standardized design of artillery car. Each train had two An. u. ffak~wagen (artil/erie und f/akwagen) with a turreted field gun turret such as the 100mm FH 14119(p) seen here, as well as a flak platform armed with a quad 20mm Flak 38. These went into operation on the Russian Front in 1943. STANDARD ARMORED TRAIN CONFIGURATIONS, 1939-65 1. 7 Pi/sudczyk, Polish Army 1939 2. 08-3 Light Armored Train, Red Army 1942 3. BP-42 Armored Train, Wehrmacht 1943 4. BP-43 Light Armored Train, Red Army 1943 5.