German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History

German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History

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German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History
 
German Armored Trains 1904-1945 by Wolfgang Sawodny, a Schiffer Military History Book
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
447 pages
Copyright 2010
CONTENTS
Foreword 4
Prefaces 7
From the Beginning to 1921 9
Pre-history 9
First German Armored Trains 10
Service Instructions for Armored Trains of 1910 12
World War I
The German Reich 15
Austria-Hungary 28
Other Countries 30
Postwar Action of German Armored Trains
Results of the Armistice 33
Results of the Collapse Inside the Reich 35
Assembly, Armament, and Manning of the Reichswehr Armored Trains 37
Fighting in the East 44
Fighting Within the German Reich 49
General Experience in Utilizing Armored Trains 56
The Treaty of Versailles and the Disbanding of the Armored Trains 58
The WTraffic Guard 59
From 1921 to the End of World War II
From the Demobilization of the Reichswehr Armored Trains to the Establishment of the German Wehrmacht
The German Reichsbahn Guard 64
Reichswehr and Other Plans 72
The Armored Trains of the German Wehrmacht
The Command Structure 78
The Armored Train Replacement and Training Battalion 84
Construction History
1938-39: Rail Protection Trains 93
1940: Captured Czech and Polish Trains105
1941-42: Broad gauge Armored Trains and the Use of Captured  Russian Material 118
1942-43: The Standard Type BP 42 and its Further Development  to BP 44136
1943-44: The Light and Heavy Rail Scout Cars143
1944: Carrying Out the Summer 1943 Building Program151
1945: Line Protection Trains-Return to the Provisional State152
The Armored Railcars 166
Trains of the Armored Train Regimental Staffs and Armored                                                    
Train Replacement Battalion172
Supply Trains174
The Production Facilities 179
The Armored Train Locomotives183
The Cars and Their Armor202
The Weapons225
Escort Vehicles241
Means of Communication and Observation249
The Crew255
Combat History
Armored Trains Elsewhere in Europe: An Overview264
Orders and Instructions268
The Occupation of the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia274
The Polish Campaign275
The Occupation of Denmark and Norway280
The Western Campaign and the Occupation of the West European Countries282
Armored Trains in the Balkans, Italy, Hungary, and   Austria292
The First Two Years in Serbia and Croatia, until the Summer of 1943292
The Extension of Railroad Security to the Summer  of 1944296
Romania and Bulgaria Change Sides, and the   Results302
The Retreat of Army Group E303
Events in the North of Serbia and Croatia304
The War's End in Croatia and Slovenia307
Armored Trains in Hungary and Styria309
Armored Trains in Italy, Istria and Western Slovenia310
Armored Trains in Partisan Combat312
The Russian Campaign320
The 1941 Advance320
From the 1941-42 Russian Winter Offensive to the                                                       
Encirclement of Stalingrad330
From Stalingrad to the Kursk Combat345
From Kursk to the Spring 1944 Stalemate352
From the Russian Summer Offensive to the End  of 1944382
1945: The End of the War in the East397
Captured German Armored Trains409
Afterword416
Decorations419
Appendix420
Bibliography428
Armored Train Units of World War II431
Abbreviations443
Place Names445
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:                                                                                                        
This book is the definitive reference on this little known subject. Starting with the first German uses of military armored trains in the early 1900s, the book continues through the World War I and Reichswehr periods, to World War Il, the main focus of the book. Detailed design, construction, and technical aspects are discussed as well as analysis of armored train operations on all wir fronts that saw them used: Poland, France, the Balkans, Italy, and their extensive use on the Russian Front. Also covered are the use of captured trains, noted personnel, and a history of each train unit.

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