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"Duh, can't you just destroy the tracks or walk away from the armoured train?" Got a lot of comments like this for our Armoured Train episode yesterday. Let's look at this a bit, we thought the episode made clear why this wasn't so easy.
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The most important thing to note here is that we are talking about the vast area of Eastern Europe and Russia here. 100 years ago, in a lot of areas, the railways were the most important supply route - so if you would sabotage the railways beyond repair, you would basically shoot yourself in the foot. A lot of the fighting in the Russian Civil War took place along these railway lines between major cities because whoever controlled the railways could supply troops and civilians. Lighter sabotage was of course a valid tactic to stop an armoured train but you could only really do that if you really set a proper ambush and if you knew the train was coming in the first place.
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The next important thing is that the armoured trains would not travel alone, they had cavalry scouts and by 1917 they had a good system in place for these troops to scout ahead and communicate any information backwards. The train itself was also transporting infantry that would defend the train in case of an ambush or when it stopped.
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So, we are not saying that armoured trains were invincible but at this specific point in history and in this particular place, they were a valid military resource.
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Pictured above are Soviet Soldiers posing with a seized mujahideen machete from a fight during the Soviet-Afghan War, ca. 1980's. The photographer is unknown.

The German submarine U-155 on display in St. Katherine docks, London, England, December 1918. The SM U-155 (formerly merchant submarine “Deutschland”) was a Type U-151 U-Kreuzer of the Kaiserliche Marine during World War I. Built at Flensburger Schiffbau, she was launched on 28 March 1916 as merchant submarine “Deutschland” Deutschland was a blockade-breaking German merchant submarine used during World War I. It was developed with private funds and operated by the North German Lloyd Line. She was one of the first of seven U-151 class U-boats built and one of only two used as unarmed cargo submarines.
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Cleaning up damage debris onboard the Town-class light cruiser HMS Chester, c. June 1916. Originally ordered for the Greek Navy in 1914 as Lambros Katsonis, Chester was sold to the Royal Navy in 1915. She fought at Jutland with the 3rd Battle Crusier Squadron and took a heavy beating from German warships, taking 17 hits from 150mm shells, resulting in the loss of 78 of her crew (29 killed, 49 wounded). Victoria Cross recipient John Cornwell, who was just 16 at the time, was among the dead.

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German soldiers of the 6th army with an MG-34 in a shallow circle trench on the outskirts of Stalingrad. The circle trench allowed for quick repositioning of the MG in case of an enemy flank movement.
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History of flags: Macedonia -
The Macedonian flag has a history an interesting history starting in 1995, the year they gained independence from Yugoslavia. Once the nation had left the union, the flag had been of the Star of Alexander the Great. The Greeks had opposed this flag, due to the fact that that thought a slavic nation should not use the star, believing the star was rightfully theirs because Alexander was not Slavic. The two had argued for a long time before the the Macedonians had changed their flag to what we have today, a more simplified star. The star has remained on the flag ever since
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The first photograph taken upon the discovery of the legendary ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu ruins, Peru. Summer 1911. Many believe the city was built as a resort for Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century, and it became abandoned about a century later when the Spanish came. It was known locally but the Spanish never found out about it, so that means it remained almost completely untouched until American archeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it for the international community in 1911. He made expeditions in 1912, 1914 and also 1915, and in 1981 the government of Peru declared it a historic sanctuary, and Machu Picchu was added as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Due to threats caused by tourism, flooding, and also claims of theft of artifacts, UNESCO is currently considering to put it on its list of World Heritage Sites in danger.

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German soldiers of the Marinekorps guarding the Belgian coast the Marinekorps would remain in Belgium for the rest of the war
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In mathematics and physics X stands for the unknown. The US designated the X series in the 40s and as time went on the program continued to test the boundaries of flight such as extreme speeds and altitude. Many flights were made at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave desert and they included the first scientifically measured flights past the speed of sound and then double that. This paved the way towards modern aviation.
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The cold war: X-planes
Bell began working on its X-2 on October 1945. The aircraft were rocket powered and designed for the analysis of structural and heating effects at speeds up to mach 3 and altitudes of 125000ft(38,100m). Captive trials began in July 1951. The first aircraft exploded but the second would go on to have 12 very successful flights before crashing on its thirteenth flight. Still this X-plane paved a way for future aviation programs
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Powerplant: one 15000Ib(66.7kN) thrust Curtiss-Wright XLR25-CW-1 rocket engine
Performance: max speed 1886mph(3058km/h)
Endurance: 10min 55sec
Armament: none
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London, again: I visited the famous Imperial War Museum. Took me more than four hours for two levels (of six, obviously I need to come back). The display shown here features a Sopwith Camel warplane with a Mark V tank in the background. Whilst somewhat excited by the hardware, I could still feel the terror of WWI. Impressive! #iwm #imperialwarmuseum #london #wwi #ww1 #worldwar1 #warplane #sopwithcamel #markv #tank #kriegsmuseum #offiziellbeeindruckt #ersterweltkrieg #panzer #doppeldecker #historyline #sonycamera #sonyhv90v

The cold war: X-planes
The development of the classic Bell X-1 duplicated its predecessors record-breaking achievements but throughout its life lived under the shadow of many accidents. The X-1A had a longer fuselage than the previous X-1, Improved cockpit visibility and turbo driven fuel pumps. In 1953, veteran high speed test pilot Major Charles "Chuck" Yeager flew the rocket plane to 1650mph(2560km/h) at a height of 70000ft(21350m) smashing the previous world record
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Powerplant: one 6000Ib(26.7kN) thrust four chamber Reaction Motors XLR11-RM-5 rocket engine
Performance: max speed 1646.35mph(2655.4km/h)
Endurance: 4min 40sec
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Men of the Serbian Army during the great retreat in 1916.
The war for Serbia had been awful even as early as the Battle of Cer in 1914, Serbia was made to play defensively with its soldiers, the Bulgarian Morava Offensive in 1915 meant numbers were depleted; that alone, Bulgaria joining he Central Powers in 1915, meant Serbia was under considerable threat. Britain and France had to open up the Macedonia front in 1915, stretching their forces with Gallipoli, the Western Front and Africa. A joint Austrian Hungarian - Bulgarian offensive in 1915/1916 overrun Serbia's army in 2 months. The army retreats through Montenegro and the Albanian mountains where they were to be transported to Corfu. During the retreat 2/3's of the army were killed. The highest proportion of any nation in the 4 years of war. #History #19141918 #worldwar1 #thegreatwar #WW1

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