Armored train Hurban

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Armored train Hurban
Pancierovy vlak-Zvolen.jpg
TypeArmoured train
Place of origin Slovakia
Service history
In serviceOctober 23–24, 1944-Retired thereafter.
Used by Slovak Republic
WarsSlovak National Uprising, World War II
Production history
ProducedSeptember 25, 1944
Specifications
Crew71

Main
armament
8cm vz.17 field gun located in a cannon carriage
4 37 mm guns located in tank turrets in tank carriages
11 heavy machine guns of 7.92 caliber

The Armored train Hurban was an armored train used during World War II, during the Slovak National Uprising.[1] The Hurban was constructed on September 25, 1944 in the Railway Manufactory in Zvolen, Slovakia, and was the last armored train used in the Slovak National Uprising. A replica is displayed as a monument in a park next to the castle in Zvolen, and an original preserved machine gun carriage is at the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica.[2][3]

Combat history[edit]

The commander of the train was Captain J. Kukliš, and his assistant was Lt. J. Belko, together commanding a crew of 71 men. Hurban operated in the BreznoČervená Skala area against the 18th division SS Horst Wessel and from October 23 – 24 1944 was the main factor in the fight for the upper flow of the Hron river. Despite suffering a damaged engine, it repulsed all German attacks. It was pulled to Harmanec, where it was abandoned in a railway tunnel, the crew fighting on as a partisan detachment.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Armoured train "Hurban" - Zvolen - TracesOfWar.com". En.tracesofwar.com. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  2. ^ "Muzeum SNP.sk - Expozície - Skanzen ťažkej bojovej techniky". www.muzeumsnp.sk. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  3. ^ Images from Google maps are available here.