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

By Steven J. Zaloga

First obvious through 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 jap entrance in the course of global warfare I. It was once additionally deployed in the course of the Russian Civil struggle and the expertise traveled east into the chinese language Civil struggle, and the following conflict with Japan. It observed carrier at the Russian entrance in international struggle II, yet was once more and more sidelined by means of its vulnerability to air assault. Steven J Zaloga examines the origins and improvement of the armored teach focusing both at the technical element and at the interesting tale of ways armored trains have been truly utilized in wrestle. This identify will entice armor, army historical past and railroad fans alike.

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The final standardized armored train design of the war entered development in the spring of 1942 as the BP-43. This simplified light armored train was equipped with four of the new PL-43 artillery cars, each consisting of a T-34 rurret on an armored box fitted to a rwo-axle flatcar. Owing to the importance of air defense, each train also had two PVO-4 (PVO: ProtivoVozdushnaya Oborona: antiaircraft defense) wagons, fitted with two armored boxes each containing a standard 37mm antiaircraft gun. The armored locomotive was usually the PR-43 based on the widely used 0 series, either the Ov or Ok.

They proved to be easier to manufacture than the prewar types, and the turret was designed to accept a wide range of armament in the 75-76mm class. Production was undertaken at nine different plants and 43 scattered rail depots, with the first seven being completed by the end of 1941. Generally, each OB-3 light armored train would receive four artillery cars rather than two of the prewar twin-turret types. By November 1942, some 78 new trains of the KPS-1942 and OB-3 classes had been completed.

And the second one, named Stremitelnjy. served on the Leningrad front as part of the 14th Independent Armored Train Battalion of the 23rd Army. In 1943. its T-28 turrets were rearmed with the longer F-34 76mm gun from T-34 tanks in place of the original short 76mm guns. It was finally retired in 1972 to the Kubinka Tank Museum. as seen here. 2 ZA RODINU 12TH ARMY, SOUTHERN FRONT, OCTOBER 1941 The PL-37 was the standardized light artillery wagon for Soviet light armored trains in the first years of World War II, with about two dozen built.

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