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Die Sonderzüge (Special trains).
A new chapter began for the Deutsche Reichsbahn in the mid-1930s regarding the transport of members of the Reich government. For the first time, a special train was available that was permanently assigned to a person (A. Hitler) and whose composition could only be changed in exceptional cases or by special request. Such trains for the highest-ranking state leaders were already known since the imperial era (court train), but the knowledge acquired at that time could not be easily transferred to the current situation.
A year later, the only (fixed) government train had already become three (Amerika - AH, Asien - HG and Heinrich - HH), although the special train "Heinrich" probably temporarily dissolved again after the annexation of the Sudetes. The first special train for a commander of the Wehrmacht (aka "Áfrika" - v. Brauchitsch) was probably also available in September 1938, but the first direct evidence only comes from March 1939 (annexation of the Czech Republic).
The modern movement war, especially during the weeks of the offensive, required other types of headquarters for the commander-in-chief to what was customary in World War I, in which the headquarters often did not change position for many months Our images of the special train of the Commander in Chief of the Army, Generalfeldmarschall von Brauchitsch, give an image of a "rolling headquarters" of today.
https://original-militaria.com/producto ... 2-de-1941/
Cheers. Raúl M .