The Germans deployed six armoured trains during their invasion of the Netherlands on 10 May 1940

The Germans deployed six armoured trains during their invasion of the Netherlands on 10 May 1940. The best known of these is ‘Panzerzug No 1’, which managed to penetrate Dutch territory up to the Peel-Raam Line near the village of Mill in Noord-Brabant province. In the end the train derailed after crashing into a ‘Spargel obstruction’ that Dutch soldiers had erected on the track. This was a structure made of small pointed columns, as shown in the photograph centre-left 1940 - 2024

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Wow! Fascinating. I never knew that. That is too cool. I can’t tell what the armament of the train was. I can’t see what’s in front of overturned coach, perhaps it was a company or two of infantry?

Then and now photo sequences as shown here are fascinating to me as well. Thank you, Koda Waste, for posting this.
All right everyone, who’s inspired to start a diorama?? I am!

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You’re welcome. I thought it was interesting. :slight_smile:

Pity that you’re on the wrong side of the pond…
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Cheers,

M

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The trains they used were Panzerzug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. The one shown is number 1.
From the reference book I have, it was a armored engine with 5 armored coaches, a armored goods wagon (directly behind the engine) and a flat car on each side. No panzer turme or otherwise armed wagons.

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