German Armored Trains In World War II by Wolfgang Sawodny Schiffer Military V17
German Armored Trains In World War II by Wolfgang Sawodny Schiffer Military V17
German Armored Trains In World War II by Wolfgang Sawodny Schiffer Military V17
German Armored Trains In World War II by Wolfgang Sawodny Schiffer Military V17

German Armored Trains In World War II by Wolfgang Sawodny Schiffer Military V17

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German Armored Trains In World War II by Wolfgang Sawodny
 
German Armored Trains In World War II by Wolfgang Sawodny
Schiffer Military Volume 17
Soft Cover
52 pages
Copyright 1989
Introduction
INTRODUCTION
After the first railroad train puffed from Stockton to Darlington (England) on September 27, 1825, a military significance of this new means of transportation could, of course, be anticipated, but turning theory to practice was only possible after a more or less connected network of tracks had developed in a number of countries. In the process, the advantages it offered for troop and supply transport had been recognized quite early. The possibilities of using railroad rolling stock directly as weapons took longer to develop. To be sure, the Austrians, as early as the revolutionary wars of 1848-49, equipped flatcars with sidewalls of overlapping railroad rails to afford armor protection for the riflemen behind them, and used these cars not only in the siege of Vienna but also in Hungary and northern Italy. In the American Civil War (1861-65) both North and South mounted guns on railroad cars, and the French had already built armored infantry cars, and armed them with Mitrailleuses (the forerunner of the machine gun), by the end of the Sixties. though they were not used in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) - though armored railroad batteries, considerably improved in comparison to the American Civil War types, were built and used in besieged Paris - , but the honor of having built the first actual armored train in the modern sense - marked by the union of infantry and artillery - belongs to the British. It was built during the Egyptian campaign of 1882. In subsequent times, similar trains often were used by them in their colonial wars, most frequently (by the end of the war no fewer than 19 such trains existed) and spectacularly in the Boer War (1899-1902).
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