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#1 17-08-2016 22:27:14

zip3120
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Polish Private First Class infantryman

hi friends

When Poland fell to the Germans in 1939 the approx 5000 Free Polish troops in the Middle East came under command of the French Army and became the Independent (Polish) Carpathian Rifle Brigade based at Homs near Beirut.
On The Fall Of France the Brigade was ordered to surrender arms, but in June 1940 the Brigade crossed into Palestine and came under British command at Latrun Camp.
In October 1940 the Brigade moved to Egypt for the defence of Dikheila, then to besieged Tobruk. It took part in the attack on Gazala before proceeding to Cyrenaica, Egypt and then back to Palestine for reorganisation & reinforcement by Poles from the Soviet Union.  In 1942 The Brigade became the 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division

here is a Polish Private First Class ( Starszy szeregowy ) infantryman. Soldiers like this relieved the Australians at Tobruk in 1941.

we can see its cap and shoulder straps in details. They are the only typical polish elements in this mannequin, everything else is British and dated 1941 or early!

The side cap is complete with its polish forces in exile cap badge. It is untouched with  heavy service wear. It is an africa theatre made cap of good quality being heavy but soft light khaki cotton, with two side hooks and two plain buttons to the front. The plastic crowned polish national eagle, with wings raised on crescent is attached on the cap by two flat lugs/blades to reverse of the badge.

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Polish are relieving Australians in Tobruk.

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#2 17-08-2016 23:01:10

RRA227
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Registered: 23-06-2011
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Re: Polish Private First Class infantryman

That is nice. I have a Free Polish wool dress uniform. Rich A. in Pa.


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#3 18-08-2016 09:30:11

zip3120
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Re: Polish Private First Class infantryman

Hi my friend
I have a free polish wool BD too.
It has been owned by a soldier who fought in the battle of Cassino.
I have his dog tag too.
They are part of my free polish mannequin of the Italy campaign - Cassino Battle.

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#4 19-08-2016 00:43:34

RRA227
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Re: Polish Private First Class infantryman

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/31_polish.jpg
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Mine is a dress coat with trousers. Also pic of some devices and field police badge. Rich A. in Pa.


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#5 19-08-2016 09:20:42

zip3120
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Re: Polish Private First Class infantryman

Very nice. smile
Ciao

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#6 21-08-2016 00:39:14

RRA227
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From: Hokendauqua.Pa. U.S.A.
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Re: Polish Private First Class infantryman

Thanks. Rich A. in Pa.


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#7 21-08-2016 12:37:21

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Re: Polish Private First Class infantryman

Very nice complete set up. Well done cool


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#8 21-08-2016 21:25:13

RRA227
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Re: Polish Private First Class infantryman

Thanks. I got it at the thrift store. Rich A. in Pa.


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