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62mm machine-gun mount thtough the 85mm antiaircraft gun. By the end of 1942, there were 21 pya air defense trains in operation, rising to 69 at the end of 1943, 93 by the end of 1944, and 84 at the time of the war's end in May 1945. While these were used primarily behind the lines, some antiaircraft trains were detached to the army fronts for air defense protection. About 200 pya armored trains were built during the war. Wehrmacht armored trains, 1941-45 The poor performance of the early German armored trains in 1939--40 provided little encouragement for their further development in the Wehrmacht.
Completed in late 1943, it was first deploved to Poland in the summer of 1944 following the collapse of Army Group Center. The Wehrmacht generally operated its armored trains independently, but local commanders recommended following the Soviet practice of armored train battalions. The successful use of PZ 2 and PZ 68 at the Berezina River crossing near Shazliki in November 1943 promoted the formation of the first armored train regiments in 1944, each to consist of three battalions with two armored trains each.
It was finally retired in 1972 to the Kubinka Tank Museum. as seen here. 2 ZA RODINU 12TH ARMY, SOUTHERN FRONT, OCTOBER 1941 The PL-37 was the standardized light artillery wagon for Soviet light armored trains in the first years of World War II, with about two dozen built. It followed the same pattern as the earlier PL-35 with modest changes in the construction of the turret and superstructure. Aithough the wagon was fairly large, it had very little free space inside due to extensive ammunition stowage.