Les Trains Blindes

de 1825 à nos jours

Paul Malmassari

Colonel de l'armée française en retraite, Paul Malmassari avait déjà publié, au début des années 1990, aux éditions Heimdal, un ouvrage de référence sur le sujet des trains blindés, en général peu traité.
Date Published :
October 2021
Publisher :
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9782840485681
Pages : 528
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock



In the early 1990s, retired French army Colonel, Paul Malmassari, wrote a general reference book about armored trains for Editions Heimdal. At the time very little had been written on the subject

Now some thirty years later this undisputed expert in the field adopts a wholly new approach; one that’s very different to earlier works about these railroad dependent steel giants.

Armored trains, from their first appearance to the current day, and used by more than sixty states, are described and explained in great detail. Russia’s armored trains which played a particularly important role in the civil war of 1917–1922; Germany’s Panzerzüge and French armored trains of both world wars are all described. But armored trains have a history that covers four continents, including in countries where one might not suspect they might have been used—these are all covered too.

This massive and encyclopedic work, comprising over 520 pages, is an indispensable tool for all with an interest in this particular and very specialist military subject, and is presented in a way that makes it appealing both to the enthusiast and the expert.

The book is highly illustrated with many photographs, graphics and technical plans. It is unique in its combining of technical detail with the historical context in which these enormous railroad monsters saw action.

About The Author

Lieutenant-Colonel PAUL MALMASSARI served with distinction in the French army, eventually rising to be second-in-command of a tank regiment. He has written extensively about the history of tanks and mechanised warfare, but Armoured Trains is considered his master work.


"Any way you look at it, this is an impressive accumulation of photos and illustrations of armored trains from around the world."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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