Military Review

Russian armored train

The appearance and construction of armored trains in Russia was associated primarily with the development of railway troops. The birth of the latter, in Russia, almost coincided with the opening of the Petersburg-Moscow railway: 6 August 1851, Emperor Nicholas I signed the "Regulations on the composition of the St. Petersburg - Moscow Railway". According to this document, 17 companies were formed with a total number of 4340 people who were charged with protecting the railway, as well as maintaining railway lines and other infrastructure in working condition.

In 1870, the railway units were incorporated into the engineering troops, and in 1876, the formation of railway battalions began on the basis of existing companies and teams. By the beginning of the Russian-Turkish war (spring 1878 of the year), there were only three such battalions in the Russian army. The Russian-Turkish war showed the need to increase the number of railway units and their significant role in modern hostilities. In addition, the proposed construction of the Trans-Caspian Railway, which was planned to be conducted in the context of hostilities against the Tekians, required participation in the construction of military specialists. As a result, by the year 1885 the number of railway battalions in the Russian army reached five, with three of them being consolidated into a railway brigade.

Artillery and machine-gun car (with an observation tower) of an armored train of the 9 railway battalion. Southwest Front, 1915 year. Please note that the exterior lining of the machine gun is made of boards (RGAKFD).

In subsequent years, the formation of new parts of the railway troops, which actively participated in the construction of railways in Central Asia, the Caucasus, Poland, the Far East and China, continued. By 1 January 1907, the Russian army had one regiment and 12 railway battalions, some of which were consolidated into railway brigades. The 1 railway regiment (in St. Petersburg) and the Ba-Ranovichsky brigade (2, 3 and 4 th battalions) were deployed in European Russia, the 1 th Caucasian railway battalion in the Caucasus, the Turkestan railway brigade (1 and 2) in the Caucasus. Transcaspian battalions), in the Amur region - Ussurian brigade (1 and 2 th Ussurian battalions) and in Manchuria - Zaamurskaya railway brigade (1, 2, 3 and 4 th Zaamur battalions). At the same time, the railway troops had different subordination: the bulk was part of the military communications department of the Main Directorate of the General Staff (GUGSH), but the most prepared units — the 1 railway regiment and the Zaamur railway brigade — were subordinate to the palace commandant and the minister of finance, respectively. This was due to the specifics of the service of these units - the regiment provided for the movement of trains with the emperor and his family members, and the Zaamur brigade was outside the Russian Empire and controlled the Chinese-Eastern Iron Drog.

In the First World War, the Russian army entered, having in its composition one railway regiment and 19 railway battalions, some of which were consolidated into four railway brigades. However, by the beginning of the war, there was only one railway battalion on the front line - the 9, which had been active since August 1914 in the South-Western Front.

By the beginning of World War I, the railway troops (except for the 1 regiment and the Amur railway brigade) were subordinate to the military communications department of the General Directorate General Directorate. The headquarters of each military district also had a military communications department.

The Headquarters of the Supreme Commander, created in July 1914, formed a military communications directorate, headed by Major General S.L. Ronzhin, previously led the department of military communications GUGSH. Chiefs of military communications of all fronts and military districts submitted to him.

Ronzhin Sergey Alexandrovich - was born on August 14 1869 of the year, graduated from the Simbirsk Cadet Corps and Nikolaev School of Engineering (in 1889 year). He served in the 7 battalion. In 1897, he graduated from the Nikolaev Academy of the General Staff for the first category. From December 13 1902 - Headquarters Officer for Special Assignments under the Commander of the Kiev Military District, Colonel (from April 22 1907). From December 24 1908 - Head of the movement of troops of the Kiev region, from April 23 1911 head of the department of military communications of the General Directorate General Staff, Major General (seniority from April 14 1913). In October, 1913 was appointed Assistant Chief, and from 22 in May 1914, Head of the Military Communications Department of the Main Ministry of Civil Defense.

19 July 1914 was appointed Chief of Military Communications under the Supreme Commander, subsequently served as Chief of Military Communications, Lieutenant General (1916 year). From 16 in January 1917 was at the disposal of the Minister of War, and in May he was enrolled in the reserve of officials at the headquarters of the Odessa Military District.

During the Civil War, he served in the Armed Forces of the South of Russia, then emigrated to Yugoslavia. He died in 1929 year.

The chiefs of military communications, who were at the front headquarters, were subordinated to the chiefs of supplies of the fronts. As a result, this system of subordination turned out to be cumbersome and ineffective. In addition, the apparatus of the chief of military communications at GHQ turned out to be small for the solution of the tasks before it to ensure military transport during the mobilization of the army, as well as with the deployment of new parts of railway troops and ensuring their work.

So, with the beginning of the war, the broad gauge railway battalions 9, the narrow gauge battalions and the narrow gauge battalions 5 on the horse-drawn track (the broad gauge battalions were intended for work on the Russian railways, and the narrow gauge had to build and operate the narrow gauge railways) were deployed in addition to the existing 3 railway battalions. railways, while horses were used instead of diesel locomotives for parts of them - author's note).

Despite considerable difficulties and lack of equipment and materials, the railway units of the Russian army in the first period of the war did a significant amount of work. For example, only in the front-line strip in the Ivangorod region (North-Western Front) from 12 to 20 in October 1914, the 261 kilometer of railway was rebuilt, which was more than 40 kilometers per day. A large amount of work was done by the Russian military railway workers in Galicia - in 1914 — 1915, they restored 3900 kilometers of railways destroyed by the enemy during the retreat.

In September 1915, the Supreme Commander approved the "Regulations on the General Directorate of Military Communications," which, in the experience of the first year of the war, determined the tasks of command and control. The head of the military communications at GHQ became known as the Chief of Military Communications at the Theater of Military Operations, and his staff was reorganized.

Front view of the artillery car of an armored train of the 9 railway battalion. Southwest Front, 1915 year. The 80-mm Austrian gun 05 M is clearly visible. Please note that the booking is made of various pieces of steel in configuration — apparently using what was at hand (RGAKFD).

Front view to the left of the artillery car of an armored train 9-th railway battalion. Southwest Front, 1915 year. On board is visible white inscription: “9 -th yellow. dear battalion ”(RGAKFD).

At the same time, the military communications departments of the fronts were re-formed, and their chiefs were removed from subordination to the chief chiefs of supply and directly subordinated to the chiefs of the fronts. As of September 1915, there were broad gauge 16 railway battalions, as well as 12 narrow-gauge and 2 spare battles on the fronts.

Nevertheless, despite the significant increase in units, the equipment of the railway troops remained rather weak. In addition, there were not enough experienced specialists, and the quality of the preparation of the parts was far from what was required.

By September 1917, the number of railway troops was more than 133 thousand people, they included 12 managements teams, 4 regiment and 48 railway battalions broad gauge and 20 park horse operational teams, 8 steam and horse-drawn narrow-gauge parks, tractor and excavator office and military factory, providing parts with the necessary equipment. But despite this, there were not enough railway troops to meet the growing needs of the front.

During the fighting, there was a change in the tasks facing the railway troops. If by August 1914, they focused primarily on the construction and operation of narrow-gauge field railways, by the fall of 1917, the railway workers were mainly engaged in the construction and restoration of broad-gauge roads.


The idea of ​​using railway rolling stock for military purposes arose in the second half of the nineteenth century on the basis of the development of railway transport. At about the same time, the first armored trains appeared.

The Russian military department closely followed all the innovations: it had information about the use of the British train in Egypt in 1882 and about the use of “steel forts” in the 1899 — 1901 Anglo-Boer War. However, as in other countries, then the idea of ​​using armored trains did not find support from the command of the Russian army.

The first Russian armored (or, more precisely, the “armored” train appeared ... in China. It happened during the fighting, known as the suppression of the so-called Boxing Uprising (or the Ihetianean uprising, 1899-1901 of the year). In Russia, it was also called the “big fist. "

General view of the armored train 9-th railway battalion. Southwest Front, 1915 year. One can see two artillery and machine gun cars, as well as the Austrian armored steam train. Please note that the second artillery car is made more thoroughly, has a roof and a door in the board (ASKM).

Scheme of the combat train of the armored train of the 9 railway battalion as of spring 1917. It consists of two artillery and two machine gun cars (one of them with the observation tower of the commander of an armored train), an armored steam locomotive of Ov (its reservation was made according to the type of armored train of the 8 zhebat), and a control platform with an armored observation wheelhouse (RGVIA).

At the end of May 1900, the rebel Yihetoani occupied the Chinese part of Tianjin. The foreigners who were in the city urgently began to strengthen their quarter, the sailors from the nearby military courts of the European powers were rushing to the city. But by May 30 there were only a few dozen Russian sailors in Tianjin, a platoon of Cossacks and foreign volunteers. Naturally, this was not enough to protect a foreign colony numbering more than 2000 people.

The Russian command immediately sent a detachment under the command of Colonel Anisimov to help, who landed in Tangu, where he captured several trains. As a result, by May 31, Russian sailors occupied the Tianjin European Quarter.

The next day, there were already about 2500 troops from various European countries in the city. In order to communicate with the squadron that was stationed at the Heihe road, 2jun at the Junlychenchen station quickly built an armed train, on which were Russian sailors. The train ran along a railway line until the siege from the city of 10 was removed on June 1900.

According to French researcher P. Malmasari, the crew of this train was 200 people. The author could not find any images or more detailed information about this episode. However, this composition hardly had any serious weapons and protection, given the limited time spent on its construction.

At about the same time, the Chinese Eastern Railway Board (CER) developed a draft of an armored train, in accordance with which the Putilov Works manufactured a set of armored parts for 15 platforms and several locomotives. At the beginning of 1901, they were delivered to Manchuria, but due to the end of hostilities, they passed as unnecessary to the warehouse. For the sake of justice, it should be said that this armored train was primarily intended for the transportation of troops in the enemy's shelling zone, and not for a firefight. The author did not manage to find the images of the armored area of ​​the CER, but one can get an idea of ​​its design from the documents. The fact is that in the autumn of 1916, the board of the CEL sent to the Main Military Technical Directorate a proposal for the supply of armored platforms of its own design. The project was reviewed and sent to the management of military communications rates, where 4 November 1916 of the year it was given the following conclusion:

“The proposed CEL armored platform was assigned, as follows from the drawing (there is no drawing in the documents. - Note by the author), only for the transportation of troops along the sections of the path being fired, as it has neither loopholes nor any device for mounting machine guns and guns. Therefore, in this form, an armored platform can not be used for combat service of armored trains. It is necessary to carry out a number of additional rearrangements in advance: arrange the installation of guns and machine guns, cut through the windows, protect the wheels with armor, strengthen the springs, etc.

It is possible that due to the fact that the platform has a length of 21 foot, whereas in the last armored trains 35-foot platforms are adopted, it would be easier to transfer all the armor to the new platform. ”

It was also noted that “the armor available on the platform is very valuable material,” and it can be used to build new armored trains. It was decided to direct the platforms of the CER to the 4 th root park, but this was hardly done.

During the Russo-Japanese War, a commission was set up to discuss the issue of armored trains under the management of railways, which began its work in March 1904. During the discussion, she came to the conclusion that "it is inappropriate to use armored trains against large enemy detachments armed with artillery, but at the same time she considered it necessary to have several armored locomotives at the Theater of Military Operations." The latter, again, were supposed to be used for military shipments, and not for combat use. However, in May 1904, a meeting on the issue of blinding rolling stock considered booking projects developed by the Putilov and Kolomna plants. The Putilov plant project was recognized as more successful, but it had a number of flaws, and it was returned for revision, and was completely forgotten after the war.


Started in the summer of 1914, the First World War became a serious impetus for the appearance of armored trains. Moreover, their construction began immediately with all the belligerent countries on all fronts. Russia did not remain aloof from this.

Here armored trains were most actively used on the South-Western Front, which was facilitated by a more developed railway network in the area. The first armored train appeared here already in August 1914 of the year - for its production they used captured Austro-Hungarian cars and locomotive, as well as trophy armament. The train was erected in the 9 railway battalion, and it acted on the West European gauge (1435 mm, the gauge of Russian roads is 1524 mm. - Author's note) in the 8 th army band under Tarnopol and Stanislavov, and very successfully, despite the primitive design . This was facilitated by the maneuverable nature of the hostilities in Galicia - Russian troops were advancing, and with a very significant pace: for example, the 8 Army from 5 to 12 in August passed up to 150 kilometers.

Armored train №9 (former jail) in the service in the Red Army. 1919 year. From the old materiel of the period of the First World War, only the armored steam train remained, in the foreground the armored platform of the Bryansk plant with 107 and 76,2-mm cannons in the semi-towers and six machine guns. (ASKM).

A larger view of the armored steam train 9 armored train (former gully) (ASKM).

The fact that there was only one armored train on the South-Western Front can only be explained by the fact that there were very few railway troops at the beginning of the war — only one railway battalion (9). The battalions that arrived at the front immediately joined the combat work, and often simply had neither the time nor the capacity to build armored trains. However, in the spring of 1915, with the coming of a lull on the South-Western Front, several armored trains began to be built at once - the 3 and 6-m railway battalions, as well as the 4-th mobile artillery workshop of the 8-th army. The last squad was built under the impression of successful actions of the 9 armored train of the battalion, and was supervised personally by the commander of the 8 army, General Brusilov.

The armored train of the Marine regiment of special purpose. Summer 1915 of the year. It is clearly seen that it consists of two 4-axle metal Fox-Arbel cars, a 2-axle metal gondola car and a semi-armored locomotive of the Ya series. Firing holes (ASKM) are cut into the sides of the machine guns and rifles.

General view of a semi-armored locomotive of the series I from the composition of the armored train of the Marine Regiment for special purposes. Presumably the winter is 1915 of the year (RGAKFD).

"Revolutionary train" of the 10th railway battalion (formerly Marine Special Forces). The beginning of 1918. Behind the front armored car Fox-Arbel, a car with two 76,2 mm Lender anti-aircraft guns from one of the railway batteries for aerial shooting is visible the fleet. Pay attention to the white anchor depicted on the front carriage - the “legacy” of the Marine Brigade (ASKM).

By this time, the military communications department (FIRM) of the South-Western Front had already analyzed information about the actions of the armored train of the 9 gable, and also had information about the use of "steel fortresses" both allies and opponents. Therefore, the UPVOSO of the South-Western Front asked the railway battalions if they needed armored trains. 15 March 1915, General I. Pavsky * telegraphed to GHQ:

“There are only one armored trains, [at] the disposal of the 9 railway battalion, and it receives a combat mission on the instructions of the 9 Army headquarters. The remaining battalions have no armored trains. The requested [of] necessity [of armored trains] in September [1914] of the battalions responded with their uselessness. Currently, the 8 battalion confirms the uselessness, the 7, asks to give it the 2 train. According to General Kolobov, these trains are not needed either for rehabilitation or for the operation of [railways]. In view of the disagreement, the requested [of] the need for army headquarters. "

Pavsky Ivan Vladimirovich, born in 1870 year, graduated from the 1 Cadet Corps, Nicholas Engineering School and Nicholas General Academy of the General Staff (in 1896). He served in the 3 pontoon battalion, and from 1903 onwards - in the military communications department of the Main Directorate of the General Staff. At the end of 1905 of the year - Colonel, Head of the Department of Military Communications GUGSH, in 1911 - Major General. In August, 1914 was appointed head of the military communications of the South-Western Front, and in September, 1916, Assistant to the Chief of Supply for the armies of the South-Western Front. In 1917, he was promoted to lieutenant general, arrested by the Provisional Government in August, but then released. At the end of 1917, he served as Chief of Military Communications for the Don Cossacks, and at the beginning of 1918, he joined the Volunteer Army. In February, 1919 was appointed head of the sanitary unit at the headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Southern Russia. In 1920, he emigrated to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, where he worked in the Ministry of Railways since 1921. When approaching parts of the Red Army in the year 1944 went to Germany. 4 died on December 1948 of the year in the Fishbek refugee camp near Hamburg.

The fact that the railway parts were not particularly enthusiastic about armored trains is understandable. The main task of the trainers was the restoration and operation of railways in the front line, and during retreat, the destruction of the railroad tracks and the entire infrastructure. Considering that the battalions had an acute shortage of not only qualified engineering and technical personnel, but people in general, any distraction of soldiers and officers for other tasks was not welcomed by the battalion command, to put it mildly. In addition, we should not forget that zhelba-you were not supposed to be used to participate in hostilities, and they did not have enough rifles, and they did not rely on artillery and machine guns according to the state. Therefore, for staffing teams of armored trains, it was necessary either to train railway workers in artillery-machine-gun case (which was unlikely due to the absence of guns and machine guns in battalions), or to send specialists from other branches of troops. It is therefore not surprising that the idea of ​​building armored trains at first was not too popular with military officers of the service who were faced with other tasks. For example, March 20 1915, who was in Lviv, Colonel B. Stelletsky reported to General Ronzhin in GHQ:

“On the Galician railways network there is one armored train consisting of an armored train and two carriages, which is at the disposal of the 9 railway battalion. Armored trains are not needed either for restoration or for the operation of railways, the experience of the war in Galicia showed that there is no particular need for them in combat terms.

In the case, if there would be an urgent need to form a more protected composition, then this can be done with the help of the material from the earth bags available under the hands. ”

Stelletsky Boris Semenovich, born 23 August 1872 of the year. He graduated from the Odessa infantry cadet school (in 1894 year) and the Nikolaev Academy of the General Staff (in 1901 year). He served in the Warsaw and Kiev military districts, in February 1911, he was appointed head of the movements of the Kiev district troops, colonel (seniority from December 6, 1911 of the year).

Since the beginning of the First World War, he served in the management of the FENO Southwestern Front, from December 14 1915 - Headquarters Officer for missions to the commander-in-chief of the Southwestern Front armies, from October 28 1916 - Head of the military-industrial complex of the Danube Army.

In 1918, he served as chief of staff of the army of hetman Skoropadsky, received the rank of coronet-general. Emigrated to Yugoslavia, where 25 died on February 1939 of the year.

Broken armored 4-axle car "Fox-Arbel" from the composition of the armored train of the Marine Regiment for special purposes. 1916 year. The car was broken by German artillery 10 March 1916. A white anchor (ASKM) is distinguishable at the left edge of the armor sheet with loopholes.

However, unlike the railroad workers, the command of the armies quickly realized the benefits that armored trains could bring in the war of maneuver, which at that time was in Galicia. Therefore, already 21 March 1915, the headquarters received a telegram from the management of military communications of the South-Western Front from General Pavsky, which stated the following:

“The armies are asked to make armored trains: 3-I - one, 8 and 9-I - two each. Composition: a locomotive and two artillery platforms, a machine gun car with an observation tower, one for repairing the track and a safety platform. I haven’t received a reply from the 4 Army yet, upon receipt of an additional report. Please indicate if part of these trains can be manufactured in the workshops of the Southwestern Front roads. ”

Apparently the answer to this telegram was received positive, since already 26 of March 1915 of the year, General Pavsky reported to the Stavka:

“In view of the demands of the armies, General Kolobov allowed the railway battalions to manufacture armored trains using their own means, following the example of the 9 Battalion. The composition of each was supposed to include the locomotive and 2-3 bro-Nevagon. For armament it was intended to use captured Austrian guns and machine guns, which the chiefs of the stage-economic detachments of the respective armies should distinguish. The commanders of the armored trains were supposed to appoint senior officers or company commanders from the composition of the railway battalions, and machine-gunners and gunners should have been sent from the armies. ”

However, the offensive of the German-Austrian forces, which began in April 1915, and the withdrawal of the armies of the Southwestern Front, forced to curtail the work on the production of armored trains, which were conducted in Peremyshl, Lviv and Stanislav. Nevertheless, it was possible to finish the production of one armored train in Przemysl. In fact, it was a captured Austro-Hungarian composition, which was repaired and put in order. This armored train entered the 2-th Siberian railway battalion. Despite the fact that by the spring of the 1915 of the year there were only two armored trains on the South-Western Front, they operated quite successfully. This was facilitated by the fact that the Russian troops retreated from Galicia, and the armored trains conducted rearguard battles, acting on the not yet destroyed sections of the railways.

Polish armored train "General Konarzewski". Spring 1918 of the year. Two armored cars of this composition had previously been part of the armored train No. 1 “Minsk Communist Named after Lenin” (former Maritime Brigade). On the front wall of the car, a white anchor (NM) is clearly visible.

As a result, the VOSO South-Western Front Directorate decided to build an additional number of armored trains, but not semi-handicrafts, as the 9-th and 2-th Siberian battalion trains, but a more “solid” design according to a previously developed project. The Head of the Department of the Department for the Intervention of Security and Emergency Situations General Ronzhin reported to General P. Kondzerovskiy (the latter held the post of general on duty at the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. Author's note) as follows:

“The need to have armored trains at railway battalions became apparent at the end of last year. The participation of armored trains in the affairs of the present war fully clarified their constant need.

A huge moral impression, especially at night, is made by them against the enemy. The unexpected and successful raid of an armored train, which acted quickly and suddenly, causes great devastation in the ranks of the enemy, makes a stunning impression on the enemy, and often contributes to the full success of the infantry or its support in difficult times.

As a result, the 6 and 9 railway battalions operating on the South-Western Front built one armored train before the beginning of the current year (in fact, the armored train of the 6 gullet was ready in the spring of 1915, but due to the departure of the 6 battalion was transferred to the 2 Siberian Gesture. - Author's Note). The construction was made hastily, with its own means, without preliminary projects, without asking the design development, but applying to random types of Austrian cars. The cars were simply sheathed with boiler iron, and equipped with Austrian cannons and machine guns.

These trains, at the beginning of this year, began to go into battle, and, despite the primitiveness, they provided very significant support to the troops of the combat sectors adjacent to the railway lines.

A number of successful actions of such Pugach armored trains, especially the brilliant raid of the 2 Siberian Railway Battalion train to the rear of the Austrian positions near Red in early June 1915, led to the idea of ​​having one armored train for each railway battalion, but considered design according to a predetermined plan with the development of parts ".

As a result, in the summer of 1915, the construction of six armored trains began in the Kiev main workshops of the South-Western Railways - four designed by the 2-th Za-Mur railway brigade, and one according to the designs of the 8-gillow and 4-th mobile artillery workshop. As a result, by November 1915 of the year on the South-Western Front there were seven armored trains (one more by this time was killed in battle), and one was handed over at the beginning of 1916 of the year.

Another shot of the Polish armored train “General Konarzewskh. Spring 1918 of the year. The front car of the armored train No. 1 "Minsk Communist Lenin" (formerly the Maritime Brigade), an unarmored steam locomotive (NM).

As for the other fronts, the construction of armored trains did not receive such scope as in the South-West, although they appeared there almost simultaneously with their “Galician” brothers.

So, in November 1914, one armored train appeared on the North-Western Front, near Lodz. Despite the fact that his design was far from perfect, by his actions he provided substantial support to his troops. Subsequently, the composition operated as part of the Privislin-fortified area.

Another armored train was erected by the 1916-m Siberian Railway Battalion arriving near Riga in June 5 of the year. Like the previous composition, he had a very primitive design.

Thus, by the autumn of 1915, the Northern and Western fronts had only one armored train each, about which 29 of September 1915 of the year, General N. Tikhmenev * reported to Ronzhin:

“One armored train evacuated from Ivangorod, located at Polo-chani station, served by the Naval Regiment, and is managed by the Naval Regiment.

Another armored train in the Ocher-Kreizburg section is served by the team of the 5 Siberian Railway Battalion and is under the supervision of the head of the Ochersky detachment, Colonel Dolmatov.

Three weeks later, on October 20 of 1915, Tikhmenev sent the following telegram to the heads of military departments of the Northern and Western Fronts:

"It is recognized that it is necessary to have two armored trains at the front, I ask for your conclusion and find out whether equipment and weapons can be given — two guns and 16 Russian or enemy machine guns."

Considering the small number of armored trains on the North-Western Front (it was divided into Northern and Western in August 1915. - Approx. Of the author), in June 1915, General Rongin, who arrived from General Headquarters in Petrograd, held talks with the leadership of the Main Military Technical Directorate on developing project armored train. According to it, it was supposed to produce three of the same type for the needs of the North-Western Front.

Tikhmenev Nikolai Mikhailovich, was born in 1872 year. He graduated from the military school course of the Moscow infantry cadet school (in 1891 year) and the Nikolaev Academy of the General Staff (in 1897 year). He served in the 8 artillery brigade, 2 th separate cavalry brigade, headquarters 3 grenadier division. He participated in the fighting in China in 1900-1901 and the Russian-Japanese war, during which he held the position of the office of the field control department of the Manchurian army, and then the office of the head of the military communications of the 1 army. Colonel (seniority from 6 December 1907 of the year), Clerk of GUGSh and head of the department of GUGSh (from September 1907 of the year to September 1913 of the year). For participation in battles as part of the 8 Army of the South-Western Front in August 1914 was awarded the Order of St. George 4 degree, Major General (from October 28 1914 of the year). For the battles of Leo in the fall 1914 was awarded the St. George weapons. From February 1915 of the year - the commander of the brigade of the 58 Infantry Division, in May 1915 was appointed Assistant Chief of Military Communications of the armies of the Southwestern Front, and from October 5 1915 of the Year Headquarters.

8 February 1917 was appointed head of the military communications of the theater, Lieutenant General (1917 year). In September, 1917 was enrolled in the reserve of ranks at the headquarters of the Odessa Military District. In 1918, he joined the Volunteer Army, where he held the post of chief of military communications, from 11 in March 1919 of the year - the chief chief of military communications of the headquarters of the commander-in-chief of the Vyvir. In 1920, he emigrated to France. Died in Paris 22 June 1954 of the year.

An armored steam engine of the Ya series (formerly of the Maritime Brigade) as part of the armored train No. 6 “Putilovtsy” of the Red Army. 1919 year (ASKM).

11 August 1915 of the GVTU notified the General Directorate of the General Staff (GUGSH) that the headquarters of the commander-in-chief authorized the manufacture in Petrograd of three armored trains for the North-Western railways. In the same letter, the GVTU requested to release the weapons necessary for armored trains.

GUGSH requested Stake on the possibility of separating guns and machine guns, but in response received a telegram stating that "the formation of armored trains was considered undesirable and did not meet modern requirements."

As it turned out, a negative response was received due to incorrectly understood information. On this 10 in November 1915, General Rongin reported the following:

“The beginning has already been made, but due to a misunderstanding caused by the telegram of General Kondzerovsky in Petrograd to Colonel Kamensky, the work was suspended. When I heard about this in September from intercourse between the railways management and the head of the GVTU, I reported this to General Kondzerovsky on September 10, that I fully support the construction of armored trains, and the suspension of the settled business was due to the inaccuracy made by General Kondzerovsky in a telegram.

But the moment was missed, and work on the design and manufacture of armored trains developed GVTU stopped.

There were other attempts to produce an additional number of armored trains for the needs of the Northern Front. So, on October 11, 1915, the commander of the 3 railroad battalion appealed to the military communications department with the following request:

“In view of the absence of armored trains on the Northern Front, I ask for assistance - to provide a wagon and two Arbel platforms for equipping with your own equipment at the premises of the Vologda railway workshops.”

Apparently already having experience building an armored train, the battalion commander decided to make another composition.

The team of the Polish armored train "General Konarzewski". Spring 1918 of the year. On the left is the Fox-Arbel 4-axle car with two Lender 76,2-mm cannons, and on the right is the Fox Arbeh armored car of the former Marine Brigade (NM) armored train.

Armored car of one of the armored trains of the Caucasian army. 1915 year. The loopholes for rifle shooting and the window with armored jaws for mounting machine guns (VIMAIVS) are clearly visible.

The engine of one of the armored trains of the Caucasian army. 1915 year. It is clearly seen that he has only a partial reservation (VIMAIVS).

Asked on this question by the head of the Northern Front, the General Security Directorate of the Northern Front, General Kolpakov 30 of October 1915 of the year reported to General Headquarters General Tikhmenev:

“The 3 th battalion began to work on the armored train before I took the post. Who was assigned to work and for what project I do not know. The battalion commander is requested. ”

As a result, the initiative did not find support, and all the preparatory work was curtailed.

In general, in the autumn of 1915, due to the stabilization of the front, interest in the construction of armored trains fell sharply. The work was carried out only on the compositions, the construction of which began in the summer. However, on November 10 of 1915, the head of the WOSO Directorate, General Ronzhin, in his letter to the general on duty at the Supreme Commander reported the following:

“Currently, 6 armored trains operate on the fronts: 4 on the South-West, one each in the North and West (the last two Warsaw-Vilna railways). In addition to these six, two armored trains are under repair. The fifth armored train of the South-Western Front was killed on the Kovel section -Rivne, shot by enemy heavy artillery due to damage to the road ...

I hasten to inform Your Excellency that, based on the extensive experience of the head detachments with and without armored trains, for the entire time of the present campaign it was definitely found out that the movement on the head sections on which there are usually armored trains is literally insignificant, and is expressed in a rare supply, on average per day, 3 — 6 of barbed wire cars and ammunition, and that is far from daily ...

On the southwestern front, where the work of armored trains is more intense, a long-standing instruction has been developed for the action of armored trains in battle. Both the front commander and the army commanders, by all means, go forward for the earliest possible arrangement and arming of trains, thanks to which the South-Western front had at the same time 7 armored trains armed with front guardianship.

The less successful actions of the armored trains were more successful, but there was no case that the presence of armored trains, however, disrupted traffic on the head sections. ”

Armored train No. 2 of the former Caucasus Front as part of the Georgian army. Tiflis, 1918 year. It is clearly seen that the design of the front armored car is somewhat different from that shown in the previous photo. The inscription "Armored train number 2" (NM) is distinguishable on board.

It should be said that by this time in the management of VOSO Stakes received a proposal from Colonel Butuzov with a proposal for the manufacture of armored motor cars. I liked this idea, and the Bid gave the go-ahead for the manufacture of two motor-wagons. However, tireless Ronzhin insisted that the number of armored trains be increased, and significantly:

“I categorically admit that there is an urgent need to set up armored motor cars. The number of such cars should correspond to the number of railway battalions, which, in view of the upcoming formations, would be expressed by the number 33.

While there is a correspondence and an exchange of opinions, on the fronts 9 built armored trains in European Russia and 4 in the Caucasus with their own means, based on the tactics of which I once again consider it necessary to emphasize the urgency of developing this issue as soon as possible on the basis of the experimental data presented. ”

As for the armored trains in the Caucasus, the Caucasian railway brigade was engaged in their construction. The project was developed at the end of 1914, each train consisted of a semi-reserved steam locomotive and two four-axle armored cars. Their production was completed by the summer of 1915. However, due to the specifics of the Caucasian theater of operations, the use of armored trains here was limited.

As for European Russia, by the beginning of the 1916 of the year, there were nine armored trains: one each on the Northern and Western fronts (in the 5 Siberian Gulf and Special Maritime Regiment, respectively) and seven on the South-Western Front: three standard trains made on the project 2 of the Zaamur railway brigade, repaired trophy Austrian (in the 2-m Siberian gulf); ). Another typical armored train, manufactured by the 9 project of the Zaamur railway brigade, was lost in the battle in the fall of 4. Thus, 8 armored trains were manufactured on the Southwestern Front.

The armored trains were subordinate to the commanders of the railway battalions. The issues of their supply were handled by the headquarters military communications office, as well as by the commanders of the military communications of the fronts. In military terms, armored trains were attached to the commanders of divisions and regiments operating in the railway line.

Trophy armored train of the Austro-Hungarian army, captured by Russian troops in the fortress of Przemysl. Spring 1915 of the year. One can see an Austrian cannon M 80 ripped off a 05-mm mount, one of the soldiers is leaning on a Schwarzlose machine gun (RGAKFD).

Since there were no artillery and machine guns in service with the railway troops, then part of the convoys were equipped with captured guns and machine guns (Austrian) or domestic ones transferred by order of the army artillery chiefs. Also, officers, non-commissioned officers and privates — gunners and machine gunners — were seconded from the art units for service on armored trains.

At the beginning of the 1916, the armored train of the 2 Siberian and 9 railway battalions, which had Austro-Hungarian steam locomotives, received new Ov series armored locomotives manufactured in Odessa workshops. Structurally, they were identical to the armored personnel carriers of the 2-Zaamur railway brigade and the 8-zhelbat armored trains.

In March 1916, two standard armored trains of the 2-Zaamur railway brigade were seconded to the Western Front. It was planned to use the trains in the upcoming offensive of the front (the Naroch operation), but because of the destroyed paths in the area of ​​the leading positions, this was not possible.

In early April, 1916, one of the detached type armored train, was transferred to the team of His Own Imperial Majesty railway regiment.

20 May 1916, the numbering of all armored trains on the European fronts was introduced, about which General Tikhmenev notified the BOCO chiefs:

“Favor, by agreement between the NATO Front, to establish the general numbering of armored trains, starting with the 1 number on the Northern Front. Also numbered armored tires, starting with the number I. The location of trains and railcars with indication of the battalion at which they are composed, indicate in the statement. Please provide information weekly. "

In general, despite this order, the numbering system of armored trains on the fronts was not any rigid. For example, when finding detached armored trains on the Western Front, they had their numbering, and when they arrived on the South-Western Front, the numbering could change.

The same trophy Austro-Hungarian armored train as in the previous photo. Fortress of Przemysl, spring 1915 of the year. Perhaps this steam locomotive was used after the repair as part of an armored train of the 2 Siberian Railway Battalion (RGAKFD).

Armored train 2-th Siberian railway battalion at the front. Summer 1915 of the year. On the left you can see the Austrian armored steam train; on the right, an armored car with an 80-mm gun. Pay attention to the masking of the train branches (RGAKFD).

Armored train 2-th Siberian railway battalion. Summer 1916 of the year. On the left, you can see the 2-axle armored car disguised with branches, on the right, an armored steam train reserved for this train in Odessa according to the project of the 2 of the Zaamur railway brigade (ASKM).

For example, on 27 July 1916, an armored train of the South-Western Front was stationed in the following points and had the following numbers:

No. 4 - 1 of the Zaamursky jelly (typical), Klevan;

No. 5 - 1 of the Zaamursky Zhelbat (4 of the ar-tmaster), Dubno;

No. 6 - 8 gelve, Larga;

No. 7 - 2 Siberian Gesture, Deep;

No. 8 - 9-th Gelbat, Larga.

Accordingly, at the same time, on the Northern front there was an armored train No. 1 5 of the Siberian Gesture, and on the Western - model No. 2 and 3, seconded from the South-Western Front, as well as No. 4 (sometimes it passes as No. 4M - marine) Special Purpose Marine Brigade (at the beginning of June 1916, the Special Purpose Regiment of the Marine Regiment was deployed to the brigade. - Author's Note).

At the beginning of 1917, there was some rotation of armored trains on the fronts. The armored train of the 2 of the Zaamursky zalbat returned to the South-Western Front. In addition, after the disbanding of His Imperial Majesty's own Railway Regiment in March 1917, his armored train was handed over to 3 Zaamursky gall. As a result, by May 1917, the armored trains were distributed as follows.

On the Northern Front - in the 5-m Siberian Railway Battalion, № I.

On the Western Front, armored train No. 4М was transferred from the Special Purpose Marine Brigade to the 10 th Battalion.

On the South-Western Front:

Armored train No. 2 (standard) - in the 2-m Zaamurskaya zhelbate;

Armored train number 3 (model), the former Own Imperial Majesty of the railway regiment - in the 1-th Trans-Amur Dzhelbate;

Armored train No. 4 (according to the project of the 4 of the Arthma Sterskoy) - in the 4 of the Siberian Gelbat;

Armored train No. 5 (type) - in 3-m Zaamur-skate;

Armored train No. 7 (captured Austrian) - in the 2-m Siberian jubilee;

Armored train No. 8 - in the 9 st.

An armored train without a number is in the 8 g.

As you can see, the numbers of armored trains were not rigidly assigned to the trains.

In the summer of 1917, the so-called "death units" began to be created in the Russian army. In their composition on a voluntary basis any personnel army units and units from a company or battery to a corps could be enrolled. As a rule, these were the troops that were least subject to decomposition by revolutionary agitation, retaining their fighting capacity and supporting the continuation of the war. According to the order of the Supreme Commander General Brusilov from 8 July 1917 of the year, special insignia in the form of a red-black corner (chevron) on the sleeve and an "Adam's head" (skull) with a laurel wreath and crossed swords on a cockade were approved for "parts of death". In the documents of the time, "parts of death" were often called "shock" parts or "drummers."

General view of the armored train 2-Siberian railway battalion. Autumn 1916 of the year. The design of captured Austrian armored 2-axle cars with roofs “house” is clearly visible: one cannon and two machine-gun embrasures in the left, and four embrasures and doors for landing the crew in the right-hand cars. Pay attention to observational logging installed on each car (ASKM).

The patriotic impulse did not bypass the teams of armored trains: the 1 and 3 squadrons of the Za-Mur battalions at their meetings adopted resolutions on their inclusion in the "death" units. “In announcing this, I firmly believe that the armored trains of the“ death ”of the 2 Zaamur railway brigade will be the pride of all the railway troops of the great Russian army,” the brigade commander General V. Kolobov wrote to his subordinates.

In addition, the “shock” armored train of “death” was the armored train of the 9 railway battalion commanded by Captain Kondyrin.

Confirming this, the crews of these armored trains fought heroically during the June offensive of the South-Western Front. In fairness, it should be said that the other front-line trains also actively participated in the battles of the 1917 summer campaign, supporting their troops and then covering their withdrawal. In these battles 9 July 1917, the armored train of the 2 Siberian Railway Battalion was lost.

In the summer of 1917, the formation of an armored railroad strike force began on the Southwestern Front. The initiator of the creation of such a unit was the captain of the 2 Siberian Railway Battalion N. Kondyrin *. He was a great enthusiast of an armored train, and had experience in commanding an armored train from the summer of 1915, first the captured Austrian squad of his battalion, and then the armored train of the 9 gullet.

In July, 1917, Kondyrin addressed directly to the Minister of War with a request to allow the formation of an armored train of "death." In the process of forming the idea has been further developed - to create a special strike railway squad, including in its composition an armored train, a moto armor car, an armored rail car and two armored cars:

“The past military entries of the armored train entrusted to me, built in the fortress of Przemysl, gave me the basis, with deep conviction in success, to telegram to the Minister of War to give me the right to form shock trains of“ death ”.

Having received the location of the Supreme Commander for the implementation of my idea of ​​breaking through the front with the participation of the train, and the approval of the states, I hurried to take part in the arrest of the enemy offensive. Three times the performance of the train at the station. Gusyatin-Russky even more confirmed my thought about the moral combat significance of a train with its coordinated action with the infantry both during the attack and during the retreat. The deep-rooted view that trains can perform combat missions and benefit only during retreat, doomed armored trains to inaction for a long period of positional warfare ...

Kondyrin Nikolay Ivanovich, born in 1884 year. He graduated from the Nikolaev Engineering School. He served in the 2-m Ussuri railway battalion, from the beginning of the First World War - in the 2-m Siberian railway battalion, colonel (summer 1917 of the year). From December 1917, to the Volunteer Army, Commander of a technical company, Major General (1918 year). In 1919 year - the commander of the Armored Railway Brigade of the Don Army. From 1920 year - in exile in Yugoslavia. He died in 1936 year.

The composition of the armored train 2 of the Siberian railway battalion. Spring 1917 of the year. In addition to the two artillery and machine-gun armored cars, it includes an armored car for the storage of ammunition (RGVIA).

All of the above convinces us of the necessity of operating the train in the most important directions not only during the retreat, but also during the onset, when the train must be attached to a shock group (division or corps), and connected to the actions of armored vehicles and a heavy battery, and making up a shock armor squad, provide a breakthrough front.

The actions of such a shock squad can make a breakthrough, which can be used in full by the strike group under the following conditions: an armored squad is called to the area where a strike is expected, corrects the path to the trenches of the first line, and if possible beyond the line of trenches. Being supported by armored vehicles, it quickly appears at the time of the attack in front of the enemy, and opens murderous artillery fire on the canister, and machine-gun fire equal in power to the fire of two regiments produces a stunning impression. The heavy battery attached to this order from Kane or Vickers guns mounted on special railway platforms opens fire on the enemy’s reserves.

The sudden appearance of a heavy battery, which is easily moving, is quickly established, does not allow the enemy to successfully deal with such a mobile heavy battery, which can also easily change position.

It is desirable that the artillery fire of such an armored detachment be the most effective, to have advanced observation means with the detachment: i.e. kite balloon and 3-4 of the airplane, as well as a searchlight and a radio-telegraph station.

With such means, the strike team can accomplish a breakthrough or any other combat mission.

To quickly restore the way to guide the movement in this direction, the shock group needs to have a shock railway battalion that is part of the group, the existence of which you raised the question. ”

At Kondyrin’s suggestion, it was planned to include an armored train (the composition of the 9 gable was originally considered), a motor-armored wagon, which was completed in the autumn of 1916, an armored rail, two armored vehicles and two 152-mm guns (the latter were planned to be installed on railway platforms). . Kondyrina was also supported in the VOSO administration of the Southwestern Front. So, the commander of the 2 of the Zaamur railway brigade, General Kolobov 27 of July 1917, reported:

"Welcoming the rush of Captain Kondyrin, I ask for instructions if he should inspect all the armored trains of the front and the moto armor to select the best one, as well as recruit a team of hunters from all the battalions."

25 August 1917 of the year in the administration of VOSO in the theater of theater of the theater a note was prepared concerning the formation of an armored strike railway detachment. It specifically stated the following:

"The idea was based on the idea of ​​having an armored mobile detachment of sufficient strength to carry out the idea of ​​breaking through the enemy front, combining uniform combat units (armored train, armored rifle, motor-armored wagon, armored cars) into one piece, which has 6 guns (regimental artillery caliber) and 40 machine guns.

Concentrating in one place the specified artillery and machine guns, appearing suddenly in front of the intended point of attack, having developed the most intense fire, will prepare the attack, and with their presence will create an impulse and will provide moral support to the attacker.

The actions of such a detachment are supported by their own strike group, and will create in the enemy front the breakthrough that should result in a transition to a maneuverable war.

The organization of such a railway detachment fully meets both our technical means and the goal and the situation at the front, especially since the detachment includes such a combat unit as an armored train with several examples of military valor and awareness of the importance of its purpose, testifying to the highest authorities .

The need to establish the state of the strike railway squad is also caused by the fact that until now the armored trains that existed from the very beginning of the war did not have a certain staff, and all officers and soldiers assigned to the armored train were on the lists of their units, and the first of these ranks were in a very difficult financial situation, as those who were dismissed from their position in the unit, they fell into the position of junior officers. ”

Armored car of an armored train of the 2 Siberian Railway Battalion, right view. The scheme is made in the spring 1917 of the year (RGVIA).

But due to the difficult political situation at the front, it was not possible to complete the formation of an armored railway strike squad. An armored train of the 8 railroad battalion was also handed over to Kondyrin, it was also planned to hand over the Zaamurets wagon after repairing it in Odessa workshops, as well as two armored vehicles from the special purpose armored division (Jeffery of the headquarters captain Poplavko).

The outcome of the combat activity of armored trains during the First World War was actually summed up by a congress of representatives of the railway troops of the South-Western Front, which took place in June 1917 of the year. At the same time, representatives of armored trains organized their own independent section. The results of the discussion were set out in a resolution signed on June 19 of 1917. The main ideas of this document were as follows.

To eliminate all defects in the supply and equipment of armored trains with all technical and military means, they must be “a completely independent combat unit, with well-defined and permanent staff teams with the rights of individual companies, regardless of the railway battalions in which they operate .

For the same purposes, an armored train is subordinated directly to the Chief of the Military Highway Department in combat, technical and economic relations, and to the Chief of the Combat Division in combat terms. ”

A plan view of an armored car of an armored train of the 2 Siberian Railway Battalion, the lower part of the diagram shown on the next page (RGVIA).

At the meeting, an armored train staff was developed, according to which his team consisted of three platoons - machine-gun, artillery and technical. It was assumed that each platoon would be headed by an officer, "necessarily an expert in his field and having combat experience." The machine-gun platoon consisted of two sections (one per wagon, in artillery the number of units depended on the number of guns of the armored train. The technical platoon included a locomotive brigade (7 man), a subversive team (5 man), a team of repairmen and conductors (13 man) and the economic team (8 people). In general, the state proposed for approval was quite viable, and was based on the experience of combat operations of armored trains on the Southwestern Front. It is not uninteresting to give an analysis of the combat use of steel fortresses, sd Meeting participants:

“Armored trains, equipped with strong combat weapons, are powerful combat units. As such, an armored train can be extremely important in infantry combat. Being protected from bullets and shell fragments, the armored train has the opportunity to go as far as possible, suddenly close to the enemy, and hit him with machine-gun and artillery fire, if possible, then on the flank and rear.

In addition to military action, it is necessary to take into account the moral action, which is expressed in the extreme demoralization of the enemy, and lifting the spirit of those units with which the armored train acts as a strong combat unit. As a strong combat unit and as a measure of moral impact on infantry units, armored trains should be widely used on any front line in all cases where this is necessary. In addition to the performance of an armored train in general, the armored train’s armament can be used to support infantry units by setting up machine guns in the trenches.

Machine guns and armored train guns can be used to bombard airplanes.

The subversive team of an armored train can be widely used during the retreat, working in conjunction with the subversive team of the railway head detachment under the cover of an armored train.

Upon the occurrence of an armored train, rolling on the slopes of an overseas gauge, the rapid advancement of the advancing units may provide them with substantial support.

During 10 active combat months of the past period of the war, an armored train had 26 speeches, not counting the frequent speeches of an armored train of one of the battalions, information about which is not available in the subsection. It should be borne in mind that during the 5 months of the greatest combat activity in the 1914 and 1915 years there was one armored train at the front, and during the active 3 months of the 1915 year there were two armored trains, and only during the 3 months of active actions in 1916 year were there at the front all currently available armored trains.

An armored train of the 2 Siberian Railway Battalion, left by the team at the station Sloboda 9 July 1917, illustration from the German book 1920-s (NM).

Summing up the activity of armored trains on the South-Western Front for the past period of the war, we conclude that armored trains did not always justify the purpose assigned to them as special purpose combat units, and were not always used when this was an opportunity and need".

Summing up, we can say the following. In total, during the First World War in Russia, 10 armored trains, a motor-armored wagon and three armored tires at the European Theater and 4 armored trains in the Caucasus were manufactured. In addition, there was a "combat" train in Finland, used to protect the coast. Of this number, two armored trains on the South-Western Front and one in the North were lost during the fighting. And the latter, apparently, was simply left due to the lack of a steam locomotive. Assessing the effectiveness of the use of armored trains, it can be said that the command of their role in the battles was greatly underestimated. In particular, many representatives of the VOSO administration leadership. Headquarters and fronts believed that armored trains could only operate successfully during retreat, leading rearguard battles with the advancing enemy units.

A rather cumbersome and often inefficient system of subordination and supply of armored trains, as well as their presence in the railway forces, whose main task was the repair and maintenance of roads, played a negative role. In addition, not the best solution was the absence of standing teams on the armored trains - officers and soldiers were seconded to the train, and at any time could be replaced by others. Naturally, this did not increase the combat capability and effectiveness of the combat use of armored trains.

Not the best role was played by the fact that armored trains used mainly trophy weapons - 8-centimeter Austro-Hungarian guns of the 1905 model of the year (8 cm Feldkanone M 05) and 8-mm Schwarzlose machine guns, as well as domestic mountain cannons of the XNHM model The firing range of the latter was very small.

Nevertheless, by the summer of 1917, a certain experience of operation and combat use had been gained. For example, it was decided to form permanent teams for armored trains, as well as to create a special armored train department in the VOSO headquarters management structure for Stakes and Fronts. However, the events of the fall of 1917 of the year and the subsequent civil war prevented the implementation of these activities.

The armored train of the 2 Siberian Railway Battalion, left by the team at the station Sloboda. July 1917 of the year. Clearly visible are the open doors of the front armored car, as well as the embrasures for firing machine guns (NM).
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  1. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 4 October 2013 10: 18
    Thank you for the article.
    I read it with pleasure. I learned a lot for myself.

    It can be seen that the author is really "sick" of the topic.
    I really hope to continue the story.

    In the Great Patriotic War, armored trains were the same, only the 31st separate division is worth something, the Germans were not able to destroy "Kozma Minin" and "Ilya Muromets", but they failed "Adolf Hitler".
    In Soviet times, I met armored trains in ZabVO, they stood near Chita, mostly armored cars and tanks on platforms.
    In the North Caucasus, they reappeared as part of the Railway Troops.

    This is a photo of the legendary Kozma Minin:
    1. klimpopov
      klimpopov 4 October 2013 13: 40
      I am joining! I enjoyed reading it! Voluminous work, perhaps in one article, everything was collected for the first time, at least it seemed to me.
    2. svp67
      svp67 4 October 2013 21: 11
      Quote: Aleks tv
      Thank you for the article.

      I agree. To the author - BRAVO !!!!!
  2. sillsas
    sillsas 4 October 2013 12: 04
    Interestingly, and now there is something like that?
    1. Aleks tv
      Aleks tv 4 October 2013 12: 37
      Quote: sillsas
      and now is there something like that?

      Few people know that the armored trains in the 90 were removed from conservation and they were on their way to Baku with unrest, plus the BP-1 went to Karabakh.

      In the Caucasus:
      The base of special trains was somewhere near Khankala, now I don’t know.
      One was almost always in Mozdok.
      "Baikal", "Don", "Amur", "Terek", there were still, I don't remember from memory.
      1-2 special car with ZNU 23-2, 1-2 platforms with tanks were BMP-2, special car with AGS and machine guns, plus headquarters, residential and with spare parts for railway tracks.
      They showed themselves quite well if they were used smartly.
    2. klimpopov
      klimpopov 4 October 2013 13: 36
      Yes there is. It stands on our sidings.
      A couple of months ago it was visible from the road.

      Actively used railway vehicles in Chechnya

      An old photo, even when the part was located directly at the railway station.
      Here is Temko.
      1. Aleks tv
        Aleks tv 4 October 2013 15: 09
        Quote: klimpopov
        Here is Temko.

        Thanks for the link, Klim.
        Somehow I missed that topic ...

        So one is in Nevinnomyssk?
        That's interesting.

        In addition to the Caucasus, I saw armored trains only in Transbaikalia, but storage was depressing there, now I do not know how.
        1. klimpopov
          klimpopov 4 October 2013 15: 59
          By the way, I'll go home from work, look, see if it's worth it, but I definitely saw it a couple of months ago. The last photo is not that old. This is the state in which he is now. On "conservation" or "storage". But it seems intact.
  3. Walking
    Walking 4 October 2013 18: 02
    Great article, there are no such photos in my collection, thanks.
  4. Galan
    Galan 4 October 2013 19: 19
    Here are some more photos from the present.
  5. Galan
    Galan 4 October 2013 19: 22
    There are a few more photos
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  7. Galan
    Galan 4 October 2013 19: 58
    In the Amur region.
    1. Aleks tv
      Aleks tv 4 October 2013 23: 15
      Quote: galan
      In the Amur region.

      Alex, are you sure that in the Amur region?

      It seems that this is one of the remaining four PSU FORWARD (they had their own tactics of application, different from the classical).
      And he lives his life under Chita. All three photos are from there.
      If wrong, correct. I have seen him for a long time, maybe they surpassed him.
      1. Alex 241
        Alex 241 4 October 2013 23: 25
        Hi Lesh in this state of an armored train, summer 2005. By this time, and from the fortified areas, only pits and rusty reinforcement remained at the place of the fortifications, and one by one they began to withdraw from the trains, handing over scrap metal, armored platforms and wagons. Ultimately, only traction locomotives and diesel locomotives “lonely”, lonely standing in the taiga deadlock, remained in storage from the armored trains.
        1. Aleks tv
          Aleks tv 4 October 2013 23: 45
          Quote: Alex 241
          in this state of the armored train, summer 2005.

          Hi Sasha.

          I saw him before ... in a better condition.

          It was a whole mix, 4 BP.
          Each was a separate military unit.
          Their uniqueness was as follows:
          In addition to the classic armored cars with heavy weapons and powerful air defense cover (at that time), the PS included wagons with landing and platforms with equipment (T-62, PT-76).
          Tactics of application: at high speed, they slip into the desired area (there are full seams with the roads), equipment (their own gangways) and fighters are planted and provide the units with their own artillery fire and cover from aviation.
          BP was like a constructor. Cars clung to him with the equipment and weapons that were necessary to carry out a specific combat mission.
          For example, there was a company on BTR-40zhd (I think about 8-10 cars in the company, I could be wrong). These cars were located on platforms, drove down the gangways and on wheels carried out reconnaissance of the area. Could get on the rails and go head watch ...
          In general, these PSUs had a very interesting application. They were designed specifically to protect the Chinese border.
          Such tactics are now quite relevant in those parts. And it's not a joke.

          Here is a rare photo of the BTR-40d:
          1. Alex 241
            Alex 241 4 October 2013 23: 53
            Lech, a secret as a friend, I even know where they stand, quite combat ready.
            1. Aleks tv
              Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 01
              Quote: Alex 241
              quite combat ready.

              This is good.
              Let at least the technology (made in metal) be preserved.

              ps The open front right door is clearly visible.
              This is a characteristic part of the BTR-40 - it falls down and to close it, efforts are needed.
              Eheh ... nostalgia.
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          3. svp67
            svp67 6 October 2013 10: 37
            Quote: Aleks tv
            Here is a rare photo

            The guys "Red Army" were preparing to fight seriously and "no fools".
            There is no locomotive, it doesn’t matter there is a car
            And woo, a la

            There is no train to transport personnel, but why ...

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  9. Galan
    Galan 4 October 2013 20: 03
    And also in the Amur region
  10. Galan
    Galan 4 October 2013 21: 06
    And also in the Amur region
  11. svp67
    svp67 4 October 2013 21: 28
    Not only did we use armored trains in the post-war period, here is a photo and some info about the Serbian ...

    Serbs during the civil war in Yugoslavia (1991-1995) sent an armored train called the Kraina Express to help the internal troops.
    Armaments on him were collected from everywhere. So, on the first platform housed the German anti-aircraft 20-mm gun of the Second World Flak-38. On the second were two launchers of our Malyutka anti-tank guided missiles and the 1929mm Bofors L40 caliber anti-aircraft gun designed in 60. Fire in close combat was provided by machine guns.
    Later, two uncontrolled rocket blocks removed from the helicopter were added to the composition, and the German anti-aircraft gun was replaced by an American self-propelled gun of the times of the Second World M18.
    The armored train took an active part in the hostilities against the Croats, and the crew fought both on the railroad and dismounted like ordinary infantrymen.
    However, not only the Serbs during the collapse of Yugoslavia had an armored train - the Croats, it turns out, also acquired their own. At the very beginning of the conflict in Split, they quickly made it out of two diesel locomotives and two makeshift armored cars. The protection of the wagons was made combined: a steel sheet 6 mm thick, then 30-50 mm of space filled with sand, then another sheet 8 mm thick. Wheels covered 10 mm plates. Armament consisted of turrets with mounted machine guns of 12,7 mm caliber.
    True, the armored train did not have time to fight, having stood in Sisak throughout the war.


    1. Aleks tv
      Aleks tv 4 October 2013 23: 17
      Quote: svp67
      a little info about the Serbian ...

      Interesting ...
      I have not heard the same about it.

      Greetings, Sergey.
      1. svp67
        svp67 4 October 2013 23: 33
        Quote: Aleks tv
        Greetings, Sergey.

        Greetings ...
        And here it is ...
        Direct hit of a bomb in a Polish armored train
        1. Alex 241
          Alex 241 4 October 2013 23: 42
          A separate topic: Anti-aircraft armored trains.
          1. svp67
            svp67 4 October 2013 23: 46
            And here is still

            The landing is similar from the sailors ...

            Our armored train captured by the Germans, interesting weapons ... why towers from KV2? Unclear...
            1. Alex 241
              Alex 241 5 October 2013 00: 04
              in the 1940th, as in the Republic of Ingushetia, it was decided to change the materiel of armored train divisions (then, in general, a large-scale replacement of everything in the world was going on in all branches of the army ...)
              And, of course, already under the new equipment, both the structure of the units and the tactics of combat use are being reviewed. It is also desirable to create something extremely destructive in terms of firepower in order to quickly suppress the enemy and just as quickly retreat, without waiting for the hunt to be arranged for the armored train heavy artillery and enemy aircraft.
              Here are the options for such heavy (assault) armored sites:
              1. svp67
                svp67 5 October 2013 00: 08
                Honestly - I can't even imagine what such "armored vehicles" would do on the battlefield, but there is something in this ...
                1. Alex 241
                  Alex 241 5 October 2013 00: 14
                  Railway battleships Earrings.
                  1. svp67
                    svp67 5 October 2013 00: 18
                    Quote: Alex 241
                    Railway battleships
                    Beautiful, but how useful? The real battleships were actually stored by the aircraft, which they would have waited for to take into account ...
                    I think that such armored trains were the most effective
              2. Aleks tv
                Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 15
                Quote: Alex 241
                options for such heavy (assault) armored sites:

                Figase ... this is a direct warehouse of RAV.

                In the war, BPs with balanced armament, such as "Kozma Minin", proved to be good at their history and combat path:
                Two armored platforms with tank towers (two towers and 4 separate machine guns on each platform).
                Two with anti-aircraft guns of different calibers (two guns and a "Katyusha" between them on each platform).
                4 biaxial trolleys with equipment for railway repairs, which also serve to test for push mines. Later, they additionally installed anti-aircraft quad machine guns.
                Plus a separate headquarters train, one for two armored trains.

                They were too tough for the Germans. They were hunted interrogatively both from the ground and from the air.
                The railroad workers themselves invented and built with their own money.
                1. Aleks tv
                  Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 19
                  Quote: Aleks tv
                  such as "Kozma Minin", was fond of their history and combat path:

                  Damn, I forgot to attach the diagram ... but how to add a photo in the "change" - I can't ...
                  Here it is (1 paravoz, 2 car with artillery armament, 2 with anti-aircraft + Katyusha, 4 carts) in one train):
                  1. Alex 241
                    Alex 241 5 October 2013 00: 27
                    Lesh press change, then on the "picture" icon, enter the URL of the image, or download from your computer.
                    1. Aleks tv
                      Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 32
                      Quote: Alex 241
                      enter image URL

                      This is embarrassing ...
                      Letters, damn it, enemy-non-Russian. laughing

                      Got it, Sasha. Thanks for the tip!
                  2. svp67
                    svp67 6 October 2013 10: 48
                    And here's another thing that simply terrified the Germans and did not allow them to win. Naval installations of coastal defense ... the caliber and range, as well as the ability to maneuver, are respected ...
                2. Alex 241
                  Alex 241 5 October 2013 00: 20
                  Armored train "Kozma Minin", built at the expense of Gorky railway workers. June 1944 Unlike the modernized but still structurally obsolete Rosa Luxemburg armored train, the Ilya Muromets and Kozma Minin armored trains, they were a new word in the creation of armored vehicles. Squat, streamlined, armed with powerful armor of the armored area, were a model of technical innovations, compared with its predecessors. For the first time, it was precisely on these armored trains that the M-8-24 rocket launchers were used in armament. In March 1942, armored trains were given two armored platforms with “Katyushas” and anti-aircraft guns mounted on them. By design, armored trains were similar. They consisted of an armored locomotive of two artillery armored sites, each armed with two 76-mm guns in the towers of T-34 tanks and 6 dt machine guns) and two air defense sites on each of 2 25-mm anti-aircraft guns and 2 M-8-24 rocket launchers on “Kozma Minin”, and on “Ilya Muromets” with 2 76 mm anti-aircraft guns and 2 M-8-24 rocket launchers. Tank towers rotated 360 degrees, which allowed the gunners to conduct circular fire. To enter the tower and feed into it from the outfits in the armor, doors were made, and under them spare hatches. The upper part of the tower had a cut-out for the gun and a window for the machine gun.

                  In total, during the war period, armored trains of the 31st special division carried out 150 combat operations to fireprocess the front edge of the enemy’s defense and its front-line supply stations. 15 German planes, 1650 soldiers and officers, 94 machine gun points, 42 artillery and mortar batteries, 24 separate guns, 14 bunkers were destroyed by artillery and mortar and machine-gun fire. Among the victories of Ilya Muromets is the destruction in a duel near Kovel of the German armored train Adolf Hitler in 1944.

                  Both armored trains, Ilya Muromets and Kozma Minin, ended the war in Frankfurt an der Oder. For military services, the 31st separate special Gorky division of armored trains, which included the Ilya Muromets and Kozma Minin armored trains, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
                  1. Aleks tv
                    Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 27
                    Quote: Alex 241
                    Armored train "Kozma Minin",

                    Yeah, Sanya, it's him.
                    Plus its copy: "Ilya Muromets". There were two armored trains of them in the division.
                    Aviation was able only once to destroy the head car (this was a separate train), but the BP itself did not. The air defense umbrella was very powerful among them, therefore they survived.

                    As a teenager, I made a copy of it ...
                    Cans of condensed milk + scissors for metal + riveting + hammer and dowel for forming.
                    Seemingly I took the scheme in "youth technology" or some kind of magazine (there were a lot of them, there were good ones then ...)
                    1. Alex 241
                      Alex 241 5 October 2013 00: 33
                      Modeler designer Lesh, a drop dead magazine was. That I just did not collect on it.
                      1. Aleks tv
                        Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 37
                        Quote: Alex 241
                        Modeler constructor

                        Yeah, Sanya.
                        Seem he.
                        They also procrastinated forever ...
                        One country, one ideology, one children, one "toys".
                      2. Alex 241
                        Alex 241 5 October 2013 00: 40
                        On the Internet, the MK archive was found, only rummaged, and on you, your favorite turtle laughing
                      3. Aleks tv
                        Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 48
                        Quote: Alex 241
                        your favorite turtle

                        Yes, it's "72" ...
                        Still old, with an optical range finder in one photo and later modernization in another.
                        Eheh ...

                        Do we know why the T-72B was nicknamed "Turtle"? For the location of the DZ.
                        The most successful of this modification (there was one more) is a continuous coating of everything that is possible and resembles ... a shell.
                        Look at this photo:
                      4. Alex 241
                        Alex 241 5 October 2013 00: 50
                        Beautiful technique, there is something in tanks .............., or father’s genes say.
                      5. Aleks tv
                        Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 53
                        Quote: Alex 241
                        father’s genes say.

                        Without options.
                      6. Aleks tv
                        Aleks tv 5 October 2013 00: 56
                        Sanya, forced to take his leave. We have 3 nights ...
                        Sergey has already turned off.
                        I shake my hand, good luck!
                      7. Alex 241
                        Alex 241 5 October 2013 01: 04
                        See you while Lech. Take care of yourself.
                    2. Alex 241
                      Alex 241 5 October 2013 01: 03
                      .................... The name of the film is good!
                    3. svp67
                      svp67 5 October 2013 04: 22
                      Quote: Alex 241
                      The name of the movie is good!
                      The scream of the loon ... The "tank component" of the reconnaissance battalion has gone where the other tanks have been ordered to ... The PT76 tank is cool, to catch the "dolphin" or turn off the engine, well, you have to be very very "lucky" ...
  • studentmati
    studentmati 4 October 2013 23: 10
    If you look thoughtfully, then BZHRK "Molodets" can also be attributed to armored trains. Performs the function of defeating the enemy properly.
    1. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 5 October 2013 00: 56
      The function of defeating the enemy performs properly.

      The defeat of the nervous system of a potential adversary performed with honor!
      It is a pity the high command did not appreciate this ...
      Stalin and Khrushchev would be proud of him!
  • svp67
    svp67 6 October 2013 15: 42
    I became interested, but what kind of materiel the Germans had and found interesting photos and data, it turns out that the Germans used the captured equipment to the maximum when creating their armored trains ...

    This is a German armored train PanzerZug-32 (type VR-44) - on the head special platform it had a self-propelled howitzer 12,2-cm Kanone (r) auf Geschützwagen Lorraine-Schlepper (f), made in a single copy from the chassis of a captured French tractor "Lorraine "and the captured 122 mm Soviet M-30 howitzer (model 1938).

    In the top photo he is at the front, and at the bottom after surrender at the Lyons train station in Paris
    1. Kars
      Kars 6 October 2013 15: 44
      Quote: svp67
      made the most of captured equipment ...
      1. Kars
        Kars 6 October 2013 15: 46
        1. svp67
          svp67 6 October 2013 15: 49
          Hello... hi
          This is also an armored train, in German
      2. Kars
        Kars 6 October 2013 15: 49
        1. Kars
          Kars 6 October 2013 15: 51
          1. svp67
            svp67 6 October 2013 18: 26
            Quote: Kars

            With the increase in activity of Soviet tank units. And also in connection with the increase in their effectiveness, the composition of the armored trains began to include the anti-tank platform armed with the Pz.IV tank turret. A similar platform has become the standard for armored trains such as BP-44

            It’s an interesting armored site, just some boxes of the laden box are not quite clear, they greatly reduce projectile resistance ...
            1. Kars
              Kars 6 October 2013 19: 07
            2. Kars
              Kars 6 October 2013 19: 07
              1. Apollo
                Apollo 6 October 2013 19: 15
                All about armored trains
                1. svp67
                  svp67 6 October 2013 19: 35
                  Quote: Apollon
                  All about armored trains

                  good hi
                  1. Apollo
                    Apollo 6 October 2013 19: 39
                    Mutually Sergey hi
              2. svp67
                svp67 6 October 2013 19: 35
                Thank you. hi
                So I understand in the picture this is the work of the German "gloomy genius"
  • Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 25 January 2015 21: 26
    thanks to the author for a good article. I’ve been ill with armored trains for a long time.