American Spyplanes by Mike Spick

By Mike Spick

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5mm machine guns. Special retractable wheels were fitted at the front and back that could be lowered to permit the vehicle to ride on rails. These conversions were undertaken from 1969, and this type was still in service with the Soviet Army in 1991 at the time of the USSR's dissolution. 45 Die Pallzerziige des Delltschell Reiches1904-1945. In spite of their cenrral role in the hisrory of armored trains, Russian and Soviet trains are weakly served; there are a handful of books with mosrly anecdotal coverage and scarrered articles.

The plan was to consolidate the armored trains of each army group under these commands for better coordination. Two regimental staffs were formed in the autumn of 1944, but they had little effect due to the catastrophic conditions on the Eastern Front at this time. In total, the Wehrmacht ordered about 70 armored trains during the war, with operational strength peaking at about 55 armored trains in 1945. Most of these operated on the Russian Front or in the Balkans, though a few were captured by US and British forces in 1945 as the fronts collapsed.

Each barralion generally consisred of rwo lighr armored rrains and one heavy armored train. The NKVD had a further 25 armored locomotives and 32 artillery wagons plus the MBV 0-2 vehicles menrioned earlier. These were deployed in railroad securiry divisions for parrolling, nor fronrline com bar. Soviet armored trains, 1941-45 The Sovier armored rrains were extensively used in rhe border barrles of rhe summer of 1941 and suffered severe losses. German sources suggesr rhar ar least 47 armored rrains were caprured or destroyed as well as seven of rhe nine NKVD MBV 0-2 rail-cruisers deployed in this rhearer.

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