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Thursday, July 26, 2012

A captured Bolshevik Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat Armored Car in Livonia. Ca. April 1918.

A Bolshevik train captured by the Germans somewhere on Livonia*. Circa April 1918.

The train was carrying an Armored Car Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat**, probably for their own protection. About the Armored Car damaged, a Soviet soldier lies dead.

* Livonia belonged to the Russian Empire until the end of the First World War, was then divided among the states, newly independent, Latvia and Estonia. Between 1918 and 1920, Soviet and German armies fought against Latvian and Estonian troops for control of Livonia, but their attempts, at last, gave no significant results. The historical land of Livonia as such, was divided between Latvia and Estonia.

** I reclassified the armored car as an Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat and not as an Armstrong-Whitworth-Jarrot, since I've got a new photo, higher quality, which are perceived in the radiator the first two letters of the word (acronym) FIAT

Previously, erroneously, had classified this model as an Armstrong-Whitworth-Jarrot. One of the few existing ways to identify these two types of models with different chassis, is the observation of the visible portion of said chassis: wheels and shock absorbers.

The wheels with wire spokes belonged to the "Jarrot" chassis model. The wheels with wooden spokes corresponded to the FIAT chassis. Obviously, the picture illustrating this post, you can not use this system of identification, as the wheels and their corresponding types of radios, will be hidden in the wall of the wagon on which was mounted the armored car.


Un tren bolchevique capturado por los alemanes en algún lugar de Livonia*. Circa abril de 1918.

El tren transportaba un Coche Blindado Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat**, probablemente para su propia protección. Sobre el coche blindado dañado, yace muerto un soldado soviético.

*Livonia perteneció al Imperio ruso hasta el final de la Primera Guerra Mundial, cuando fue dividida entre los estados, nuevamente independientes, de Letonia y Estonia. Entre 1918 y 1920, los ejércitos soviéticos y alemanes lucharon contra las tropas letonas y estonias por el control de Livonia, pero sus tentativas, al fin, no dieron importantes resultados. La tierra histórica de Livonia como tal, fue repartida entre Letonia y Estonia.

**He reclasificado el coche blindado como un Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat y no como un Armstrong-Whitworth-Jarrot, ya que he conseguidos una nueva fotografía, de mayor calidad, en la que se perciben en el radiador las dos primeras letras de la palabra (siglas) FIAT. 

Anteriormente, de forma errónea, había clasificado este modelo como un Armstrong-Whitworth-Jarrot.
Una de las pocas maneras existente para identificar estos dos tipos de modelos con diferentes chasis, es la observación de la parte visible de los mencionados chasis: ruedas y amortiguadores.

Las ruedas con radios de alambre pertenecían al modelo con chasis "Jarrot". Las ruedas con radios de madera correspondían al chasis FIAT. Evidentemente, en la fotografía que ilustra este post, no se puede utilizar este sistema de identificación, ya que las ruedas y sus correspondientes tipos de  radios, quedan ocultos por la pared del vagón sobre el que fue montado el coche blindado.

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