Суровый Родезийский гений, как известно был крайне ограничен в средствах, а потому весьма и весьма изобретателен.
И помимо бронеавтомобилей породил на свет броневагон...
Воссозданная новозеландцами модель в масштабе.
Под катом описание, ещё фото, ещё 3 разных бронедрезины и немного разного и полезного в плане обычных шушей.
Ask most rail fans what they know about the railways of the former Rhodesia and I'll bet they talk about the magnificent Garratt locomotives, wonderful scenery, and the occasional man eating lion.
Then ask them what they know about the armoured trains in Southern Africa and I'm sure they will discuss their use during the Anglo-Boer War of the late 1800's - but few will know about the new breed that appeared in the
The subject of my model is the 'Jackal', an armoured rail car built by Rhodesian Railways. The Reverend E.D. Hammer in 'Locomotives of Zimbabwe and Botswana' explained it was built in great secrecy to carry 35 soldiers.
Powered by an under-floor mounted Leyland 680 diesel engine, it was not very successful and drivers said it was grossly underpowered.
Initially it was used to precede the Salisbury mail train by ten minutes to ensure the line was free from mines, ambush or sabotaged track. Later it was used to patrol the Bulawayo - Plumtree line. Craig Viljoen of the Rhodesian Railways Security Branch explains "I recall that the Jackal was very cumbersome and slow". He continued "It was a self-propelled vehicle with the driver sitting at the front. The whole journey took about 12 hours. Because of manpower constraints, the Jackal was never fully manned as its design allowed. The crew consisted of myself, one other Security Branch member and the driver".
After retirement to the Bulawayo Railway Museum it was called back into service in the 1980's to patrol the Beira line, but rumour has it that it was so disliked by the workshop staff that is was quietly parked in a siding at the workshops and forgotten.
Tusker (заметьте - сетчатые щиты для ранней инициации РПГ)
Гантраки с установленными в кузовах минометами.
И просто бронегрузовики.
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