The Russians began building armored trains in 1915 and possessed seven by summer 1917. These served in World War I over the long Eastern Front as mobile artillery platforms. The armored train swiftly came into its own after the Bolshevik Revolution, in the aftermath of civil war. The need to cont rol vast distances in a mobile war with fluid fronts made armored trains vital to victory. Indeed, armored trains spearheaded advances or Covered
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