Armored Trains, Paperback

Armored Trains Paperback

Illustrated by Tony Bryan

Part of the New Vanguard series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


First seen during the American Civil War and later appearing in the Franco-Prussian War and the Boer Wars, the military use of the armoured train only came to the fore during World War I, reigning supreme on the Eastern Front.

Deployed widely during Russian Civil War the technology spilt over into the Chinese Civil War, and the subsequent war with Japan, the armoured train has played a major role in conflicts during the 20th century, being used during World War II and surviving to the present day -although more as a technological curiosity than a significant weapon.

Steven J Zaloga examines the origins and technical development of armoured trains.

But rather than provide an encyclopaedic treatment of the many trains, it instead focuses on the more important and fascinating issue of how armoured trains were actually used in combat.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Military vehicles
  • ISBN: 9781846032424



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In this 48 page reference book, Steven Zaloga, author of a myriad of reference books on the arms and equipment of World War 2, examines the armored trains of the eastern front during World War 2. Armored trains were used extensively in World War 1, and the successor states of the collapsed German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian empires used them subsequently. Both the newly independent Poland and Soviet Russia used them in their war in 1919 to 1920. During the interwar years Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union maintained armored train units that were used during the fighting in World War 2.On the eastern front, both the Germans and Russians continued the use of armored trains, with surprising effectiveness. The Germans used captured Czech and Polish trains as well as newly built models. The Russians used them extensively, both older and newly built models. For the student of the eastern front, this book will be a welcome reference tool.

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An abbreviated but very informative review of the use of armored trains in combat from the civil war through today. A great reference for wargaming.