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PostSubject: Armoured Trains   Thu 30 Oct 2014, 15:35

The invention of the steam locomotive and the railway, meant it was possible for the large scale movement of men and material to the battlefield in numbers which dwarfed those of previous conflicts.

One of the innovations was the use of armoured trains, in which the train became not just a transport vehicle but a combat unit in it's own right.

Armoured trains were used on many fronts from the American Civil War up to and including World War Two where they were found mostly on the Eastern Front.

Soviet armoured train;



Obviously, there is one great drawback in that they are tied to the railway tracks, and as petrol/ diesel combat vehicles are much more flexible tactically the armoured train disappeared.
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PostSubject: Re: Armoured Trains   Thu 30 Oct 2014, 15:43

Miniature armoured train on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch line during WW2;

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PostSubject: Re: Armoured Trains   Thu 30 Oct 2014, 16:01

German footage of an armoured train in action against partisans;

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PostSubject: Re: Armoured Trains   Thu 30 Oct 2014, 16:05

Strelnikov's train from Doctor Zhivago:

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PostSubject: Re: Armoured Trains   Thu 30 Oct 2014, 17:31

The Poles made extensive use of draisines - armoured car / tankette vehicles with railway wheels and road wheels or tracks up to WWII
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PostSubject: Re: Armoured Trains   Fri 31 Oct 2014, 08:37

Armoured trains as part of Imperial policy, in Egypt 1882:

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PostSubject: Re: Armoured Trains   Fri 31 Oct 2014, 08:40

Though they didn't always work:

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PostSubject: Re: Armoured Trains   Fri 31 Oct 2014, 08:52

Seems I was too quick to write them off, Russian Federation armoured train in Chechnya;

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PostSubject: Re: Armoured Trains   Fri 31 Oct 2014, 09:20

From Young Winston, the scene in which Churchill's train is ambushed;

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