When most people think of World War I and World War II transport, planes, tanks, and even ships and submarines likely come to mind. However, there was another form of transport that’s often overlooked and yet is no less impressive: the armored and armed trains that patrolled Eastern Europe and even Canada.
“These trains were not just armored — they were heavily armed. Cannons, machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons, and even tanks were on board these moving walls of terror.”
Apart from their lack of stealth and reliance on tracks, one of the main reasons armored trains fell out of use after World War II was due to shift toward the automotive technology as a primary mode of transportation in Europe and North America.
Were you aware that locomotives played such an important role in World War era history and military capability?