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On Track for Battle: The Rise of Armoured Trains

On Track for Battle: The Rise of Armoured Trains
photo: Sketch by William C. Russell, engraver unknown, for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper / WikiMedia Commons/On Track for Battle: The Rise of Armoured Trains
10 / 03 / 2023

Welcome to a series of articles about armoured trains, a fascinating and often overlooked aspect of military history. Armoured trains were a crucial component of the early 20th-century battlefield, used by various armies during both World War I and World War II.

So what exactly are armoured trains? Put simply, they are trains that have been adapted and reinforced with armour plating to protect military personnel and equipment during transportation. Armoured trains were used for a variety of purposes, including troop transport, supply delivery, and artillery support.

The concept of armoured trains dates back to the late 19th century when they were first used during the Boer Wars in South Africa. However, it was during World War I that armoured trains really came into their own. They were used extensively on both the Eastern and Western fronts, providing a mobile base of operations for troops and supplies.

During World War II, armoured trains were used by both the Axis and Allied powers. The Germans, in particular, made extensive use of them, deploying them on the Eastern Front and in North Africa. Armoured trains continued to be used in various conflicts around the world throughout the 20th century, and even into the early 21st century in some cases.

In the following articles, we will delve deeper into the history of armoured trains, examining their design, construction, and use in various conflicts. We will also look at some of the more famous examples of armoured trains and the impact they had on the battlefield. So stay tuned for a thrilling journey into the world of armoured trains.