By Steven J. Zaloga, Tony Bryan
First visible throughout the American Civil warfare and later showing within the Franco-Prussian warfare and the Anglo-Boer Wars, the armored teach got here to prominence at the japanese entrance in the course of international battle I. It was once additionally deployed through the Russian Civil warfare and the expertise traveled east into the chinese language Civil warfare, and the following battle with Japan. It observed carrier at the Russian entrance in international battle II, yet used to be more and more sidelined by means of 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 ways armored trains have been really utilized in wrestle. This identify will entice armor, army background and railroad fanatics alike.
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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. The primary mission of the German armored trains in the opening phase of the campaign was to seize key rail bridges. Later in the summer, six of the existing armored trains (PZ 1-4,6-7) were converted to Russian gauge to permit their use in the campaign.
60 in Bryansk were the main centers for Soviet armored train modernization and production. New standardized light and heavy artillery wagons were manufactured and total production of rhe new armored train components at Bryansk in 1933-4] was 20 armored locomotives, 69 light artillery wagons, ten heavy artillery wagons, and 27 antiaircraft wagons. One of the more curious innovations during the late 1930s was the development of the ZhDT-3 railroad torpedo at the Ordzhonikidze Machine Plant in Podolsk.
They were finished in the usual Soviet4BO dark olive green; a close contemporary match is US FS34130. They were generally not marked beyond some small stenciling. Krasnaya Zvezda ("Red Sta") is typical of local initiatives in the autumn and winter of 1941-42 with attempts to rebuild the armored train force. This broneavtomotrissQ (armored outomotrice, or armored rail-cruiser) was designed at the Kuibyshev Locomotive Plant in Kolomna using the turret and V-2K diesel engine from a KY-1 heavy tank.
Armored Trains by Steven J. Zaloga, Tony Bryan