Hitler's Steel Beast / Führersonderzug "Amerika" (2016, 1080p Documentary)


Alexander IV


Published on Jun 5, 2020

Hitler had a few iconic pieces of transportation, from a famous Mercedes to the SSS Horst Wessel sailing vessel, but his headquarters train was one of the most famous during the war. At the end of the 1930s, Hitler ordered the construction of a special train, under the code name "Amerika", that could transport him around safely and appease his growing paranoia. Nazi soldiers would march along routes ahead of the train to make sure no one was lying in wait for it, and there were multiple decoy trains that would run up to 30 minutes ahead of or behind Hitler's train. In addition, a Condor plane, controlled by Hitler's personal pilot, always follows the train, if necessary... A veritable fortress on rails, this armored fifteen-carriage convoy served as his mobile headquarters during the invasion of Poland and the Baltic states, and was where he met privately with Petain, Franco and Mussolini. Decisive meetings in the course of the Second World War. It was also the target of numerous assassination plots by the British secret service. Equipped with the most advanced communication facilities and a battery of anti-aircraft cannons, its construction called for a team of the biggest names in engineering, while the luxurious interior of each coach was designed by the Fuhrer himself. We travel to Germany to discover what's left of these exceptional trains, and dig through the few surviving archives to retrace the little-known history of this special train and pierce the secrets behind Hitler's beast of steel. 909 Productions in Participation with RMC Decouverte

Alexander IV History supplementary notes:
Onscreen is original title: Le train d'Hitler: La bete d'acier
Features: Dr. Mark Felton (Historian, Author and YouTube creator)
Luc Fournier (Vice-president du Cercle historique du rail français / Vice-president of the Historic French Rail Circle)
Dr. Rainer Mertens (Deputy director of the Deutsche Bahn Museum)
Clive Lamming (Railway historian)

For more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Führersonderzug

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